The dark and murderous tale of Jekyll and Hyde was bought brilliantly to life by Coleshill Operatic Society last night at Solihull Arts Complex.
Following the story of Dr Henry Jekyll who truly believes everyone has a split personality, he seeks to expose this as truth, with harrowing consequences. Playing Jekyll/Hyde was Mark Hughes and he was excellent. A powerful stage presence, with voice to match, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. This Is The Moment was brilliant, as fire blazed in the background, mounting the tension and engrossing the audience. Along with this, his transformation was faultless and Hughes' characterisation never wavered.
With supporting performances from Claire Collins as Emma and Debbie Phillips as Lucy, Phillips was stunning. She gave a fantastic rendition of Someone Like You and A New Life. Special mentions must also be given to Allan Recardo as Sir Danvers Crew and news crier Paul Gosnay, for their strong vocal performances. As the play neared the end Molly Bache suddenly appeared and delivered a beautiful solo performance. I later discovered she was only 15! She has a bright future ahead of her.
Musically directed by Kris Chase-Byrne, the ensemble were fabulous, with tight harmonies and the entire show was smoothly and superbly directed by Joyce Eyre.
Well done to all at Coleshill Operatic for a great show!
Jekyll and Hyde, presented by Coleshill Operatic Society, must end at Solihull Arts Complex tonight, Saturday 21 March.
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