Olmsted Performing Arts' JEKYLL & HYDE Begins Tonight
Olmsted Performing Arts (OPA) - http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com - in Olmsted Falls will unleash the split-personality of "Jekyll & Hyde" on the Olmsted Performing Arts Center (OPAC) stage today, August 1 -3, and 8 - 10. "Jekyll & Hyde" is headlined by a talented cast of classically trained theatre and musical theatre professionals and is sure to be the most robust, spectacular and entertaining show at OPA yet.
An acclaimed cast - including Michael Padgett as Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde, Rachel Anderson as Emma Carew, Natalie Green as Lucy Harris and Josh Rhett Noble as John Utterson - will electrify the stage with this musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a brilliant scientist and his evil, self made, doppelganger. This evocative tale is an epic battle between good and evil. Henry Jekyll is convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good and he unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.
With a big cast, a stellar set and an epic vision, directors Angela Boehm, Christina Haviland and choreographer Josh Landis are assembling the "must see" show in the Cleveland area. The low cost of tickets, the acclaimed cast, and the classic story will send Olmsted Performing Arts into a new decade of increasingly quality productions.
The OPA production of "Jekyll & Hyde" is supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
"Jekyll & Hyde" will be performed at the Olmsted Performing Arts Center - 6941 Columbia Rd, Olmsted Falls, OH - Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., Aug. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m., Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., Aug. 9 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Childcare will be available at the Aug. 3 2 p.m. show.
Padgett is a seasoned stage actor, who has appeared in television projects, theatre productions in New York City - including productions at the Times Square Arts Center and the NYC Fringe Festival - and theatre productions around Cleveland - including productions with the Brooklyn Heights Players and North Shore Music Theatre. Rhett Noble us a veteran of New York City theatre and won the 2011 Broadwayworld Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the 2013 Broadwayworld Award for Best Actor in a Play. Anderson graduated from the theatre program at the University of Akron and performed in productions at the University of Akron, the Actors' Summit Theatre and Brecksville Theatre, among others. Green has worked with the Cleveland Playhouse, Pittsburgh Repertory Company, Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre and others. Find out more about these actors at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/2014/05/14/four-renowned-actors-star-august-production-jekyll-hyde.
Boehm is the artistic director at OPA. She began acting in high school and performed in with the Beck Center for the Arts and Hungtington Playhouse among others. Boehm has directed shows for OPA since 2003. Haviland is a main stage and classics series director at OPAC, she is also a scenic artist. She was in her first production when she was 13, was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California and has performed in theatre productions in Colorado, California and Ohio. She says she enjoys the connection she finds in working on stage. Josh Landis is a theatre instructor and director at OPA. Hehas been teaching theatre, acting and has been a choreographer for more than 10 years. Landis studied theatre and has a Bachelor of Art degree in dance from Eastern University.
"Jekyll & Hyde" was conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhom, the book and lyrics ar by Leslie Bricusse, the music is by Frank Wildhom and the musical is based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.