The Pearl City High School Dramatic Arts Program will make history tonight when they take to the Pearl City Cultural Center stage to produce and perform, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical. They will be the first Hawaii high school to do so.
Pearl City High School Drama students will perform Jekyll & Hyde at the Pearl City Cultural Center on April 21-24 and again on April 28-30.
The musical is directed by Pearl City High School English & Drama teacher, Mr. Steven H.Y.Kam. “Jekyll & Hyde is a gothic musical based on the literary masterpiece by Robert Louis Stevenson filled with mature themes and scenes,” said Kam.
“Some people might even mistakenly associate the cast and crew with these characters and/or the dark themes and situations these characters find themselves involved in. However, the audience should not typecast anyone as being these types of characters," added Kam.
Director Kam has put together an extremely talented and experienced cast and crew that are more than ready for the challenge. The upcoming stage presentation of Jekyll & Hyde also maintains the professional look with regards to the stage set, lighting and costumes that have been presented in performances the past two years.
MyPearlCity.com had the opportunity recently to sit down in between rehearsals for one on one interviews with the following lead actors; MacLincoln Dimacali (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde), Kirstyn Trombetta (Lucy Harris) and Jasmine Gatdula (Emma Carew).
Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]
Director, Steven Kam (left) pictured with cast members; Kirstyn Trombetta, MacLincoln Dimacali and Jasmine Gatdula.
Can you describe your roles?
Dimacali (Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde)
My role is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, of course he’s a doctor that has problems. He and his father tried to create an antidote to extract evil and good but his father got lost into his work so Jekyll is trying to continue on his work. While on that journey, once he finds that antidote, he becomes Mr. Hyde, his evil personality. Now, since there’s two of them, Hyde causes mayhem all over London. Jekyll is trying to pay the price for all the things Hyde is doing to him and to everyone else. He finds this gorgeous woman to be engaged with but Hyde has a thing with this other girl named Lucy and it just causes mayhem for Jekyll.
It’s a challenge to play both characters. I don’t put myself into it. I just become the character. I put Lincoln aside and I think of being Jekyll or how to be Hyde. I don’t think about how I can put Lincoln into one of those characters.
Gatdula (Emma Carew)
I’m Jekyll’s fiancé and she’s this rich person in society but she’s not snobby or anything. She’s the ideal woman, but she goes through trials obviously because her husband has two sides to him being bipolar. She doesn’t know that because he is so immersed in his work. She has problems with her dad letting go because a lot of people don’t approve of the man that she’s with.
I can kind of relate to her because I’m going through similar things. Something Mr. Kam told us was if you can find a way to put your true self into the character, and find the ways that you relate, then you will have a better performance because all of these emotions and facial expressions will just come naturally.
Trombetta (Lucy Harris)
I play Lucy Harris and she is a lady of the night. She’s a very naive girl. She has this facade that where she presents herself as a prostitute and yah, she loves men and all that, but she really wants a new life. She wants to have someone. She wants to love someone. In the first number that you see her, she meets Dr. Jekyll and they become friends. She thinks it’s kind of interesting, she likes this guy, he’s different. She falls in love with Jekyll after she got injured from Hyde. Jekyll cleans her up. At that point she realizes that she wants him to love her. Lucy’s kind of the tragic character. You feel sorry for her toward the ending.
For me I just get into the character and think about how I would feel if I were in her shoes because I am playing a prostitute and I’m not really a prostitute in real life. In the beginning, the role was a very big challenge for me. I doubted myself. I thought I couldn’t do it, but I had help from everyone and the directors. Actually having the confidence to be in this role really helped me and we’re going to put on a great show!
The show is open to the public. Show schedule below:
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 @ 3:00 P.M.
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 7:00 P.M.
*A special mahalo to Elliot Dimacali for his assistance in arranging the interviews for this cover story.
Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]
Jekyll & Hyde cast & crew from the Pearl City High School Drama Program.
Lucy Harris – Kirstyn Trombetta
Emma Carew – Jasmine Gatdula
John Utterson – Thaddeus Padua
Sir Danvers Carew – Christopher Eder
Simon Stride – Shaiden Nagai
Lord Savage – Stephanie O'Kresik
Bishop of Basingstoke – Andrew Simbahon
Lady Beaconsfield – Meagan Balangue
Sir Archibald Proops – Christine Chong
General Lord Glossop – Saphyr Garcia-Pacudan
The Spider – Matthew Tiara
Nellie – Kaitlyn Iwashita
Poole – Diane Lebowitz
Bisset – Jessica Higashi
Newsboy – Skylar Windnagle
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