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January 30, 2017

TEEN HYDE vs. Jekyll and Hyde the Musical --- Guest Post by Teen Board Member Ashley D.

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Retellings are a hugely popular form of storytelling where famous, well-known stories and tales are given fresh life with new settings, characters and motivations. While the gist of the story may be familiar to most readers, it's always fun to see how authors will put their own spin on it, especially when the story involves complicated themes and plot twists. Teen Board member Ashley D. recently reviewed a retelling of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE called TEEN HYDE:High School Horror for Teenreads. The timing couldn't have been better as Ashley was also working on her school's production of "Jekyll and Hyde the Musical." After reading and reviewing her book and completing numerous late nights on the stage, Ashley wrote this amazing post comparing and contrasting the two.

I became a theater nerd in September of 2016. One of my best friends convinced me to tech for my high school’s musical (no pun intended). Seeing as I had never worked on a play before, I was put on construction rather than light and sound --- little did I know what I had gotten myself into. As our stage manager began telling us what the set was going to look like, I began to get a little freaked out. This set was huge: walls that are 16 feet tall spanning the entire stage, a spiral staircase on a moving platform and a platform piece that opens up to look like a room!

After many, many hours of hard work after school and on Saturdays --- yes, we would go to school on a Saturday and yes, it was a lot of fun --- we still hadn’t gotten the set done. We worked until 6:00 PM on opening night (the show started at 7:00 PM). I stayed at school until midnight a few times. It was absolutely crazy, but totally worth it because the show was a major success. Our show was selected to open main stage at the Kansas Thespian Conference --- this was a very big deal. All the techs left the night before the show to head down to Wichita (where the conference was). We then got up at 5:00 AM, started putting the set up at 8:00 AM after unloading two very big trucks, put the show on at 7:00 PM, took the set down from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM and then headed back to our good ol’ hometown. We got home at about 3:00 AM and had to go to school that morning --- it was crazy, but a lot of fun! Now we are waiting to see if we will be putting on the show at the international conference.

While that is not the point of this blog post, I thought you might enjoy a little background of all the hard work that went into my school’s musical. The point of this blog is to compare TEEN HYDE by Chandler Baker and my high school’s production of Jekyll and Hyde the Musical (which I’ll refer to as “J&H” from now on). So here we go:

In J&H, Henry Jekyll’s father is mentally ill, so he creates a formula that he believes will separate the good from the evil in people. The Board of Governors will not allow him to test his formula on a patient at the hospital, so he decides to test it out on himself. His experiment, however, causes his evil side to come out. He becomes Edward Hyde. Hyde is an angry man and sets out to kill the Board of Governors. In TEEN HYDE, Cassidy Hyde goes through a traumatic experience causing her to become depressed. At a party her friends force her to attend, she is given a drug that causes her to go back to being her old, happy self. The drug ends up causing her evil side come out. During the night, she is Marcy. She is a vengeful girl and sets out to kill the boys who caused her depression.

Some important differences to note:

  • Love --- Jekyll has a fiancé but finds love in another woman. Cassidy has no major love interests.
  • Motives --- Hyde wants to kill people because they wouldn’t let him do his experiment. Marcy wants to kill people because they did a horrible thing to her and she wants revenge.
  • Sidekicks --- Hyde works alone. Marcy ends up having Lena to help her do some of the dirty work.

***SPOILERS***

  • Conviction --- Hyde is never convicted of murder. Cassidy is convicted of four charges of first degree murder.
  • The End --- Jekyll prevails in the end and kills himself to keep Hyde from hurting more people. Cassidy is in a mental institution and Marcy takes over completely --- in fact, the book ends with “My name is Marcy.”

Here are some photos from our production!

The entire cast and crew of Jekyll and Hyde. See how big the set is!?

 

Hyde murdering one of the governors from the Board of Governors.

 

The Board of Governors scene. Note the staircase!

 

Hyde wore a different coat, a mask, and hat with a big peacock feather!

 

Jekyll and Emma’s (his fiancé) engagement party. Note the open platform! I used to be one of the people to move it on and off stage, but on opening night, the top piece (weighing over 100 pounds) fell on my head and arm. I had a nice dent in my head (yay concussions!) and some beautiful bruises! I was moved to other side of the stage.

 

Running crew (the people who move the set pieces)!! I’m in the middle!! Our costumes were meant for us to be coal miners, but we ended up being called minions.

 

Jekyll injecting himself with formula HJ7.