October 9, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College will present the southern Illinois premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jekyll & Hyde.”  Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, the show brings to life the epic struggle between good and evil when the experimental treatments Dr. Henry Jekyll performs on himself accidentally unleash his dark side and inner demons.   

Two evening performances are set for Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and an afternoon performance will be on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.  They will be held in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium.  Tickets for the shows are $15 for general admission and $10 for JALC students.

Veteran director and performer Pam Kimball, a part-time theater and speech instructor at JALC, who taught theater at Benton High School for 35 years, is directing the production.

”I’ve seen ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ performed on Broadway and other venues, and it’s a fascinating show,” Kimball said.  “I’m happy to bring it to the Logan stage.  It’s a dark musical thriller that will get people in the mood for Halloween.”

Kaleb Triplett of Herrin, a JALC alum, plays the title characters.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play the roles of Jekyll and Hyde,” Triplett said.  “It’s exhausting and challenging to play two such different characters in the same show, but I’m having a great time.  I’ve worked with several of the other actors before in different shows, and overall I’d say this is one of the most talented casts I’ve ever worked with.”

Kimball has high praise for the music in the show.

“Derek Hamblin is the music director and he’s doing a wonderful job,” Kimball said.  “The music is amazing.  There are about 25 people in the cast, which is pretty big, and they are all really good singers.  I think people will absolutely love the music.”

Triplett agrees with Kimball about the music.

“I think the music is the best part of the show,” he said.  “The songs are all very haunting.  They’re beautiful and melodic.  It’s the kind of music that really draws you into the story.” 

Triplett is hoping for a large audience.

“This is the first time ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ is being performed in this area, and I hope a lot of people will take this opportunity to come out and see it,” he said.  ”It’s a fun, intense, and dark show that people will watch and get scared and enjoy.”

For more information about “Jekyll & Hyde” or to obtain advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.

  

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.