Jekll & Hyde

Date 11th March 2015
Society Heckmondwike Players
Venue Cleckheaton Town Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Jayne Davison
Musical Director Ian Abbott/Adam Bonniface
Choreographer Dawn Folker

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Author: Jacqui Hartley

Heckmondwike Players selected a totally different kind of production this year, as they took their audience into a journey of dramatic darkness.  Ian Fryer played the very demanding dual role of tormented Dr. Henry Jekll and the frightening Edward Hyde, with a passion.  With a series of experiments he was trying desperately to seperate good and evil.  The Board of Governors refuse him permission to perform these experiments, so in secret, he experiments on himself with disastrous consequences.  The song of the show is "This is the Moment" which is performed just before he drinks the formula and the transformation begins. His friend John Utterson (Jeremy Shoesmith) did a wonderful job of telling the story,the show is mostly sung with very little dialogue.  Jekll/Hyde has two women in his life Emma, his fiancee (Helen Wigglesworth) who sang "Once Upon a Dream" beautifully, and Lucy (Liz Blount) an entertainer at the Red Rat delivered an excellent duet "Dangerous Game" with Hyde.  The principals were backed by a superb chorus with good strong Choreography.  There was clever use of imaginative lighting, especially during the transformation  scenes.  Congratulations Heckmondwike on a brave choice, very well done.