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JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School's theatre and music departments are gearing up for their performance of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde." This will be one of the school's largest productions to date, with 60 students on the stage. They have rehearsed every day after school for nearly three months.
The new high school musical: 'Jekyll & Hyde' 030409 AE 2 CCW Staff Writer JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School's theatre and music departments are gearing up for their performance of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde." This will be one of the school's largest productions to date, with 60 students on the stage. They have rehearsed every day after school for nearly three months.

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Aaron Badilla and Shanae'a Moore star as Dr. Jekyll and his fiancée Emma in the Juneau-Douglas High School production of "Jekyll & Hyde." The show features 60 students on stage and students from Richard Moore's orchestra class in the orchestra pit.


Photos By Libby Sterling

Aaron Badilla and Shanae'a Moore star as Dr. Jekyll and his fiancée Emma in the Juneau-Douglas High School production of "Jekyll & Hyde." The show features 60 students on stage and students from Richard Moore's orchestra class in the orchestra pit.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 12:38 pm

The new high school musical: 'Jekyll & Hyde'

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School's theatre and music departments are gearing up for their performance of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde." This will be one of the school's largest productions to date, with 60 students on the stage. They have rehearsed every day after school for nearly three months.

The story of Jekyll & Hyde centers around an experiment of Dr. Jekyll's gone awry. He tests a drug that splits his personality into good and evil elements, thus creating Hyde, his evil side.

"It's about a man who is trying to get rid of the evil in the world and things go wrong," said Michaela Moore, who is directing and producing the show. "This is probably the darkest (musical) we've done. But even though it's a dark musical, the ending is very hopeful."

Despite its downbeat story, Michaela said she picked this musical because of the songs.

"The music is so good," Michaela said. "It kind of takes you on a journey of its own."

Aaron Badilla, who plays Dr. Jekyll, said that he is excited, yet for him the upcoming performance is bittersweet.

"I'm a senior this year, so it's going to be my last production," Badilla said. "We get to show off everything we've accomplished but it's also the last high school musical I get to be in."

Badilla's co-star Derek Lail, a junior, plays Hyde. They both said they enjoy the energy and dynamics that occur between their two characters.

"I get to be a bada-- the entire time," Lail said.

Sophomore Shanae'a Moore plays Emma, Jekyll's fiancée. Until this role, she has usually been on the sidelines of the stage playing small parts, but now she is in the spotlight. She said she enjoys being with the rest of the cast because everyone is having a good time.

"It's a little stressful sometimes, but never more than we can handle," Shanae'a said.

Junior Katie Poor plays Lucy, a saloon girl. Her last role was as Cinderella in "Into the Woods," and she said this role is a welcome change.

"It's an intense role," Poor said. "It's really cool to step up and play something with some depth."

Poor hopes to study voice in the future and dreams of singing opera. She will be performing with the Juneau Lyric Opera later this spring.

Participation in the musical is just like sports or other extra-curricular activities. If students don't have satisfactory grades or don't attend class, they can't come to rehearsal.

Michaela Moore is assisted by Lucas Hoiland who assists with stage design and runs lights and sound during the performance. He also does most of the set building along with the help of students.

In addition to student actors and singers, the orchestra pit will be filled with a student orchestra directed by Michaela's husband, Richard Moore. Michaela said they pull in a few adult musicians, but the majority are students from Richard's orchestra class.

Michaela said her favorite part about this production is the students involved. She has seen many of the lead performers in this production progress and grow over the years.

"We have actually worked with this group of kids for the past three years," Michaela said. "It's really cool to see kids who have really invested themselves into our program. They've worked really hard and it's really cool to see them up on stage. It's talent that Mr. Moore and I have actually invested in."

Jekyll & Hyde opens on March 6 with 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays through March 14 at the JDHS auditorium. There will also be one matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the JDHS activities office. The cost is $6 for children, students, and seniors, and $8 for adults. Tickets will be available at the door for an additional $2.


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