Stevenson classic gives stage fright at Colonnade
During this scary season, be sure to stop by the Colonnade Performing Arts Theatre in Ringgold, GA to see a performance of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The production, adapted by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, is based on the novella of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson and will be presented by Back Alley Productions.
The production depicts how Dr. Jekyll experiments with chemistry and splits his own personality. Director Kaylee Smith revealed that several actors portray the character of Hyde because Hatcher’s adaptation strives to show the universal pull of evil inside everyone.
“This isn’t your everyday Jekyll and Hyde,” Smith said. “Many stage and film adaptations tend to water down the gravity of evil in Stevenson’s original. Hatcher’s version goes full throttle. So we’ve tailored the set, costumes and lighting to invoke that level of fright and suspense in a day and age where creating fear is no small task.”
Fans of old-school suspense and psychological thrillers should especially enjoy this production. Due to adult subject matter, parental guidance is advised for children under the age of 13.
Shows are Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Oct. 25. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.
— Rachael Poe
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
The Colonnade Performing Arts Theatre
264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA