'Jekyll & Hyde' gets enthusiastic support|
|(Editor’s note: “Jekyll & Hyde: the Musical,” presented by the Antigo Theater Guild, will be staged Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Antigo High School’s Volm Theater.Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door and are available at Neve’s Floors to Go & Furniture. A review of Tuesday’s dress rehearsal follows:|
By DAVID ZALEWSKI
"Amazing acting! Best I've ever seen. This is a different kind of performance in this community. If people don't come and see it they will be disappointed."
These are the words of Nick Salm after a dress rehearsal of the Antigo Theater Guild's production of the musical Jekyll and Hyde. I couldn't agree more.
My wife and I were asked to a special viewing of the play in order to give some feedback. We left impressed beyond words. We have gone to every community and school play for years, but no play has ever left us with the kind of raw emotional response that Jekyll & Hyde did.
The performance is of a caliber never before witnessed in this community and we have seen some very good theater in the past. The lighting, scene designs and image projections are a spectacle that one would expect to find on much bigger stages, not in a small town. The technology and technical aspects of this play are remarkable. Moira Scupien told me, "This theater will wow you. Bringing this technology to a small town is beyond your wildest dreams. And it has the best talent and it creates such raw emotion."
There were several moments that brought chills, some left you gasping, wordless and still other moments that brought you to tears. It is an emotional roller coaster. For weeks I have been hearing from my son how different this production is. But to see it and experience the professionalism and wonderful acting from this troupe is marvelous. The pace is constantly moving. The set changes are almost unnoticeable. The music is captivating. But the singing. That is worth the price of the ticket.
Seth K. Hale is the lead as Jekyll and Hyde. Many of you know Mr. Hale from his lead in high school and community theater plays. But he outdoes himself in this role. It will probably be his last role in Antigo theater as his dream is going to Broadway. So see him now before you have to pay much more to see him later.
Sarah McMahon, cast as Lucy, Jekyll's special friend, is phenomenal and acts with a beautiful nuance.
Other well known community actors, Levi Nicholson, Zachary Zalewski, Mary Waterhouse, Molly Gums, Daniel Bradley, and Chris Eckerman round out a very talented supporting cast.
The singing and music is simply the best I have witnessed in this community. There are so many incredible moments, particularly the duets, that blow you away.
The play is only performing this Thursday through Sunday. It is a must see. Several of these individuals are studying theater in college and their increased knowledge shows. These people have put in such hard work to produce a show that our community can truly be proud of. Get out and see Jekyll and Hyde. I guarantee that you will be glad you did. And prepare to be "wowed".
The cast of “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” on stage at the Volm Theater.
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