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Stage North presents ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

Brainerd theater company gearing up for its fall production

Dr. Jekyll played by Kevin Yeager experiences the effects of his potion that will change him into Mr. Hyde in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a play being brought to life at Stage North Theatre Company. Submitted Photo

Stage North Theatre Company will bring to audiences “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” -- the play based on the novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, that deals with the question about good and evil.

“One of the oldest paradoxical questions developed by humanity is the contrast between good and evil,” a news release stated. “Is humanity naturally good or is it naturally evil? Are we only good because we are trained by society to be good? Are we evil only because society has failed to train us in the way of goodness?”

The dual relationship between Jekyll and Hyde, one representing the good and the other the evil, has come into our language as a reference to people with unpredictable dual nature -- usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil.

Kevin Yeager, a familiar actor who has played many leading roles in theater throughout the area, will play the role of Dr. Jekyll. The role of Dr. Jekyll’s friend and solicitor is played by Joseph Ledford, who had the leading role in last year’s Stage North “After Dark” production of “Dracula.” Other characters include fellow doctor, Dr. Lanyon, played by Stage North alumni, John Mattson; Richard Enfield, a competitor to Dr. Jekyll for the love of Diana Carew, is played by Connor Nichols, who will be making his first appearance in a Stage North production.

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Dr. Jekyll played by Kevin Yeager drinks the potion that will change him into Mr. Hyde in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a play being brought to life at Stage North Theatre Company. Submitted Photo

Diana Carew is played by Kat Jourdan, another Stage North alumni.

“It is a truly exciting experience to bring to life a classic story; one that I grew up on,” Jourdan stated.

Inspector Newcome is played by Gary Binda; Sir Danvers Carew is played by M. Hollis Ford; Jekyll’s housemaid Pauline is played by Nitasha Karst; Barb McColgan portrays Jekyll’s cook,

Bridget; and Emma Hopman is a neighboring below-stairs maid. All of them have previously appeared in Stage North productions.

“I can’t think of another way to celebrate my favorite holiday,” Jourdan added. “than with this amazing, creepy, and dark story.”

“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will take the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 at the Franklin Arts Center. Tickets can be found online at http://stagenorththeater.com/jekyll-and-hyde/ or in person at the A-Z Yarn Shop located in the Franklin Arts Center.

The show is suitable for ages 8 and up.

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Dr. Jekyll played by Kevin Yeager drinks the potion that will change him into Mr. Hyde in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a play being brought to life at Stage North Theatre Company. Submitted Photo

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Dr. Jekyll played by Kevin Yeager drinks the potion that will change him into Mr. Hyde in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a play being brought to life at Stage North Theatre Company. Submitted Photo

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