By Miranda Pugh
When we went to see Jekyll & Hyde at the newly renovated Electric Theater in St George, we were in awe of the amazing talent presented onstage. We felt so many emotions as we became fully engaged in the story of a brilliant man, Dr. Jekyll (Dane Camp) who dreams of finding a cure for his father’s mental illness. His experiment takes a turn for the worse and sets loose a mad man, Mr. Hyde, in the streets of London. Camp does a remarkable job playing the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde. His stunning voice earns every bit of your attention. I still can’t believe that there was only one man playing both roles. Kimber Dutton plays Emma Carew, Jekyll’s doting fiancé, who loves her man through thick and thin. Dutton shows us what true love is, all with the voice of an angel. Lucy Harris, played by Brooke Bang, is an innocent woman who unfortunately is engulfed in a love triangle that nobody ever dreams of. Bang’s performance was so believable that I wanted to run up onstage and console her with an embrace.
Every cast member is beyond talented and help make this production the success that it is. Danica Christensen plays the evil Lady Beaconsfield. Trey Patterson plays Emma’s loving father, Sir Danvers Carew. The stage is filled with good and evil. There was definitely plenty of love/hate feelings toward the characters. Aaron Meadows, Ashlie Davenport, Jake Thomas, Caleb Christensen, Branson Baxter, Jacob Aloi, Able Nickle, Hannah Cass, Armando Serrano Jr, Brooke Schimbeck, Ashley Wilkes, Savannah Johansson, Megan Williams, and Allie Baguley flourishingly bring it all together creating a masterpiece that Producer Kerry Perry and Director Varlo Davenport should be proud of. Nicole Kimzey, musical director, did a phenomenal job showcasing the incredible voices in the show. Even my husband was very impressed by the impeccable talent. While all the songs were wonderful, my favorite was “Facade.” A song that could so easily be applied to the current times. And how did I not know that “This is the Moment” came from this production?
Josh Scott (set/lighting design) creates the necessary mood that had you sitting on the edge of your seat. Perry and Tonya Christensen (costumes) did a fantastic job taking you back to the 1880s. And Shellie Thomas (choreographer) made the play that much more enjoyable with dances that captivate and tell a story of their own.
My husband has never been much of a theater goer. Although he said that it was a little slow in the beginning, by intermission he was engrossed. My 6-year-old son was thrilled to be able to join us. He loves scary. He did pretty well (with my help in explaining the scenes) until about 20 minutes before the end, at which time he fell asleep. He did however make sure to ask how it ended when he awoke the next day. When I asked what he thought about the show, he exclaimed, “It was cool!” I myself found the talent to be impeccable. I’d recommend this production to adults and perhaps kids who are bit older, though it wasn’t at all scary to my first grader. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening watching The Stage Door’s Jekyll & Hyde. It was the perfect start to the month of Halloween.
The Electric Theater has been beautifully renovated and is a lovely place to enjoy a play. There is plenty of parking in the surrounding area as well as multiple restaurants within walking distance. Perfect for making an entire evening of fun.
The Stage Door presents Jekyll & Hyde by Steve Caden and Frank Wildhorn. Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Music by Frank Wildhorn. Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg. And arrangements by Jason Howland.
The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle, St George, UT 84770
Oct 5-21 7:30 PM
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