Don’t you just LOVE the start of the performance season? Don’t you just HATE IT that you can’t get to everything?
I opted for “Jekyll & Hyde” by S.R.O. Productions III on the grounds that even an unfamiliar score would appeal to a 15-year-old as long as it had a well-known plot and an intriguing onstage combo of stabbings and strumpettes.  Well, he was blown away, and so was I. I wish I could be telling you to go see this wonderful production, but it only ran this past weekend. For you who also don’t the show, with music by Frank Wildhorn and book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse., my best comparision is “Sweeney Todd.”
Compliments all around to the cast members, particularly the strong female leads, Megan Germond and Jana Kurcera, and particularly to the amazing Jake Wentlent as Jekyll/Hyde. He was able to maintain two distinct characters, with different stances and different, equally impressive vocals, even when performing a “duet” with himself.  Kudos also to director Jan DeAngelo, choreography Anne Tribilcock and the whole technical crew. Kucera and Jan McMahon were credited for the sumptous costumes; Gene Czebiniak (set design) and Joel Pape (lighting design) for the combination of set pieces and evocative back-wall projections.
So that was my weekend in the arts; how about you? Did you go to “Jekyll,” too, or opening weekend at the Cider Mill, or Blues on the Bridge? Please share your news and views.