By Marie Roberts / Guest Writer
The Meridian Star
Meridian Community College’s Arts & Letters Series presentation of Jekyll & Hyde opened Thursday night, with showings of the musical thriller continuing through the weekend.
A haunting tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of man's evil nature from his good, Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.
Dr. Todd Brand, chairman of the fine arts and communication divisions at MCC, stars in the show’s lead role, where he must successfully portray two completely different mindsets of the same man.
“This role is the most challenging I’ve ever done. It is a deep look into the psychological mind of a fractured human being who is desperately trying to save his father at the expense of his own health,” Brand said.
The show, aimed at mature audiences, features an awe-inspiring musical selection to accompany the gothic tale.
“The best part of the show is the power of the music – it works well with the dramatic scenes. The show, musically speaking, is as good as Phantom of the Opera,” Brand said.
Beginning at 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday, the series will also offer a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee.
As for the show’s must-see moments, Brand advises audience members to hone in on the chorus number in Act 2 known as “Murder, Murder” as well as the Jekyll and Hyde duet confrontation, where Brand portrays both characters in a single moment: “Those scenes are a true focal point for the show.”
Under the direction of Steve Nabors with orchestration led by Carey Smith, Jekyll & Hyde is the third installment for the Meridian Community College Arts & Letters series fall 2013 lineup.