Theatregoers are being urged not to be frightened off by the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The cast and production team at Clitheroe Parish Church A.O.D.S. are putting the finishing touches to “Jekyll and Hyde – The Musical” based on the Gothic horror tale by Robert Louis Stevenson.
But they are worried some of their regular followers might be put off by the story of the idealistic Dr Jekyll, whose experiments on the human mind turn him into the murderous Mr Hyde.
Chairman and publicity officer Brian Haworth said: “I know there are a number of staunch supporters, over the years, who have seen the choice of show and said immediately: ‘That’s not for me. I won’t enjoy that.’
“Well, just think of this as a story about love and high ideals, which, sadly, have unfortunate consequences and this story is no darker than that of some other musicals I could name.”
New leading man Peter Norris is taking on the challenging dual role of Jekyll and Hyde, and principals include Katie Cowburn, David Hulme, Laura Corney and Robin Knipe. The show runs nightly at 7-30pm at St Mary’s Centre from Saturday to Saturday, February 15th to 22nd, excluding Sunday, with a 2-15 pm matinee on the final Saturday.
Tickets are £10 to £12 (£30 family ticket, matinee only), on sale at St Mary’s Centre on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon and 7 to 8pm, Thursdays 10 am to noon, Fridays 7 to 8pm and Saturdays 10-30 to 11-30 am. The ticket hotline number is 07974 323832.
Mr Haworth added: “I would say to anyone who has enjoyed our shows in the past and is having doubts about this one, take a risk and come to watch. You will find it’s so much better than you imagine. If you love good music and singing don’t miss this.”