The H.B. Atkinson Theatre staged a production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

Rick Nelson, Professor of Theatre, provided a synopsis of the play. “A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic ‘powders and tinctures’ have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the masterand who his slave.”

The play runs from Oct. 27 – 29 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday Oct. 30. Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 for students, however there was a dinner theater special on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. tickets were $23 with a $3 discount for senior citizens.

Prior to the shows premiere the actors prepared for opening night.

“For pre-show rituals, basically I just drink a lot of water, do some stretches, and recite silly tongue twisters such as “The Arsonist has oddly shaped feet” and “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.” Garrett Haley, who played Mr. Gabriel Utterson in the production, said.

“Mr. Gabriel Utterson, a lawyer and loyal friend to Henry Jekyll.  Utterson does a great amount of investigative work to find out what kind of person Edward Hyde is so that he can prove to Jekyll that Hyde is a man he should not associate with.”
Haley also mentioned that the best way to put aside those pre-show nerves is to simply tell yourself to get over them and move on. And that is just what the cast did. They made it through all the practices, worries, customs, and stage drama to ensure sure the show went on.

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