‘Jekyll and Hyde:’ A Spring Musical

by Megan

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Once again, this time of the year has rolled around. It is a time of temperatures climbing and flowers blooming. Seniors have their minds set on graduating and everyone is suffering from traumatic bouts of spring fever. It’s a time for singing, a time for dancing, a time for Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School’s annual spring musical!

Having a spring musical is a tradition that many high schools take part in. It has become an anticipated and exciting ritual in the school community, and the drama department’s 2012 production of Jekyll and Hyde did not disappoint! RFH’s spring musicals always follow a common plot and story, but the production’s director, Mrs. Sweeney, likes to put her own creative spin on things.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, set in Victorian London, stars Harry Best as Henry Jekyll, a doctor, scientist, and academician who was also engaged to Miss Carew (played by Mallory McGill), the daughter of a brigadier general. Jekyll theorizes that in each man is a good side and an evil side which can be chemically separated. In doing so, the evil side can be controlled and the good side can live without worry. He theorized that this separation would lead to the betterment of society. In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject to test his hypothesis. However, he soon loses control of his evil side, coined Mr. Hyde, and he escapes into London and terrorizes citizens.

Specifically, Hyde victimizes a feisty prostitute named Lucy (Clare Fitzgerald). However, Lucy also knows Jekyll, and throughout the course of the play falls in love with him.  This, of course, becomes a bit tricky when he inexplicably turns into Hyde…

Who will ultimately win this epic battle of man Vs. the self?  You will have to find out for yourself!  This classic story was portrayed through original songs and acting of the RFH community. After countless practices and hours spent on costume and set design, this classic production was truly amazing. The RFH community knows this legacy of the spring musical will live on for many years to come.

If you are interested in getting involved in the school’s theatre production, or even helping out with the performance in ways like costume and set design, contact Mrs. Sweeney for further details.

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