On February 7, 8, and 9 students at West Genesee High School will perform the chilling Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The musical, set in 19th century London, tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Vincent McCauley II), who sets out to create a medicine that will separate man's ability to be both good and evil. Jekyll attempts to gain the support of the local hospital's Board of Governors (Julia Herron, Joshua Mattice, Collin McCrea, Haley MacDougal, and Benjamin Widrick) but the Board refuses to allow him to test his chemical on a human subject.
On the night of his engagement party, Jekyll visits a seedy establishment and finds unlikely inspiration in a brief encounter with a singer named Lucy Harris (Jessica Mason). Jekyll decides to use himself as his test subject but keeps his experiment a secret from his best friend John Utterson (William Musengo), his fiance Emma Carew (Nicole Baz), and his future father-in-law (Matthew Davern). Unfortunately, Jekyll accidentally unleashes an alter ego- Mr. Edward Hyde, a man with a ravenous hunger for acting out Dr. Jekyll's deepest, darkest desires. His first order of business is to seek revenge on the hypocritical Board of Governors who denied his proposal.
As Hyde begins to stalk and murder the Board members one by one, the people of London grow more and more fearful of who is committing such horrific acts. Jekyll continues to keep his hidden identity a secret as he searches for a cure, but can he destroy Hyde and still survive?
The show features a magnificent score of breathtaking songs such as "Take Me as I Am", "Bring on the Men", "This is the Moment", "Murder, Murder", and "Dangerous Game."
Emily Barriere (Bisset), Erin Dowler (Nellie), Jonathan Kennedy (Spider), Corey McCrea (Simon Stride), Jillian Taylor (Poole), and Allison Gettino and Emma Ryan (dance captains) round out the cast.
The musical is directed by Daniel Callahan, produced by Martha Gibbs, and choreographed by Caroline Brackett. Anthony Alvaro is the music director, William Mercer, Jr. is the lighting director, Karen Simko is the technical director, sound director is Corey Hobin, and costumes have been designed by Cindy Kissane and Lisa Mason. Some themes in the musical are of the "PG-13" rating.
Show times are 7:00 p.m. on February 7 & 8, and 2:00 p.m. on February 9, 2013. Seats for all three shows are reserved and are $10 each. You can purchase presale tickets online by going to www.westgenesee.org and go the Fine Arts page for the link or to our www.etix.com ticketing site. You can also call the Ticket Call Center at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 4. Tickets can also be purchased as the door.