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The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical horror-drama, Jekyll and Hyde presented by Newport High School Drama.

Based on the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling pop rock score by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, Newport Drama presents this tale of a doctor so driven to find a cure for his mentally lost father that he makes himself the subject of his own experimentation. Dr. Jekyll, played by Newport senior Tucker Nikolaisen, is loved by two women, Emma, played by Ilsa Weigel and Lucy, played by international thespian’s national qualifier Allison Fennell, both unaware that he has unleashed his inner demons along with the madman known as Mr. Hyde. Nikolaisen, is charming as Dr. Jekyll and terrifying as Mr. Hyde. He was most recently seen in Newport’s production of Beauty and the Beast as Gaston. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for anyone!

Weigel and Fennell are amazing in their respective roles. Most notable is their stunning duet, “In His Eyes” which is sure to bring down the house. The ensemble is made up of exceptional singers, dancers and actors that handle the challenging score with pizzazz. Accompanied by Newport’s Pit Orchestra which is comprised of a number of award-winning musicians and presented on the incredible set, constructed by Newport’s talented technical team, this musical should not be missed!

Newport’s Drama Director, Jake Nonis says, “You may not know the music when the show starts but you’ll be humming the tunes when you leave!” He is joined by Music Director, Nancy Fisher, Tech Director Chazz Kaskes and a host of community theatre professionals to lead this production. The cast, crew, and pit orchestra are comprised of eighty-seven of Newport’s most talented and dedicated students.

The musical runs Jan. 11-12 and 18-19 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on January 20 at 2 p.m. at Newport High School, 4333 Factoria Blvd. SE. Tickets are $12 and available at www.jekyllandhyde.brownpapertickets.com for reserved seating or at the door for general admission . Discounted tickets for seniors, children under 12 and NHS ASB members are only available at the door.  This musical is produced by special permission of MTI.

For further questions please contact Jake Nonis at nonisj@bsd405.org

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