It was a one-act play, but for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Saturday’s performance in the New England Memorial Hall was much more.
It was a chance for friends, family and other relatives to be able to watch the New England Public School Drama Club’s presentation of “Under Jekyll’s Hyde.”
The club also performed the one-act play at Dickinson State University Wednesday morning as part of the NDHSAA Region X competition.
For Aaron Phillips, it meant another day of jumping over furniture, chasing and being chased around the stage in his title role as both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The dramatic Robert Louis Stevenson play gets redone as a spoof in the performances by the drama club in attempt to bring out the slapstick in horror story, relying on word play and action to move the story along.
The actors even involve the audience in their attempts at humor.
In addition to Phillips in the title role, the cast also includes Sebella Sorensen (Mrs. Poole), Matthew Bock (Jekyll’s lawyer), Chevy Dhamers (Lanyon), Hannah Frank (Minnie), Madison Spencer (Mrs. Gush), Justin Kathrein (Little Oliver), Bennette Mansfield (Alice), Takoda Westling (Alice’s mother), Jasmine Augare (Mildred), Stetson Urlacher (Inspector), Rachelle Kathrein (Trash Can Tillie), Dessiree Harmon (Finnan Haddie) and Angel Erickson (Lotta Nonsense).
This will be the first year that New England has competed in the one-act play competition at Dickinson State University, according to Shannay Witte, one of two directors involved with the project.
There may be a possibility that the drama club could put on another project in the spring, Witte added.