08 Nov Jekyll & Hyde
Jekyll & Hyde is a 1990 musical . Show dates August 11-25, 2023. Tickets $25.00 and can be reserved using our online ticketing software, by calling our box office, or at the door.
Type: Main stage production (musical)
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancée Emma grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, a prostitute, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind.
Bradley Wyner (Music Director) is equally at home as a music director (Blank Canvas, Cain Park, Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland Play House, many more) and as a rock & roller (Bowie tribute Diamond Dogs, dueling pianos, Rocky Horror with the Jason Donovan Band). Proud of his many years as a teaching artist; students have gone on to careers as teachers, non-profit leaders, journalists, artists, musicians, and actors on stages from Broadway to WRP. Teaching music and arts for diverse groups has led to a second career as a dual diagnosis specialist for people with autism, mental health issues, and developmental disabilities. Bradley lives in Akron with his husband, Troy.
Brittany Bizub (Stage Manager) is so excited to be back here at WRP, Brittany had the pleasure to stage manage here at Western Reserve Playhouse for WIT, John and Jen and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Other shows Brittany may have been seen in are Exit the Body at East Cleveland Theater as Helen, Gail in Almost Maine at Bay Theater and Bertha in The Dining Room at Bay Village Theater. When not on or backstage Brittany can be seen in the crowd laughing a bit too loud. Brittany would like to thank her husband Chris for all of his love and support Love you BIZ!!
Mason Stewart (Jekyll/Hyde) is delighted to be making his WRP debut in Jekyll & Hyde! Originally from Maysville, KY, Mason has worked at several theatres throughout Northeast Ohio for the past decade. He currently serves on the Production Board at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre where he performs frequently as a soloist with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. As a director he has led local productions of Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Favorite acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Evil Dead the Musical (Ash), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin), and Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). By day Mason works as a Project Manager for Epicor Software, and lives in Tremont with his wife, Erin, and their dogs, Penny Lane and Jude.
Jennie Nasser (Emma) This is Jennie’s first show here at Western Reserve Playhouse and she is elated to be playing Emma in Jekyll and Hyde. As a Canton native and Kent State University graduate, she has been involved in theaters such as Porthouse, Canton Player’s Guild, and Blank Canvas. She lived in NYC for 6 years to pursue theatre, but the pandemic sent her home and she is now finding new adventures and amazing companies to work for in Ohio, such as Western Reserve Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles include, Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennett) Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Godspell (Anna Maria), Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Saturday Night Fever (Annette), A Chorus Line (Maggie), Titanic (Kate McGowan). Her love goes out to MG.
Braelin Andrzejewski (Lucy Harris) (she/they) is a graduate of Robert Morris University with her Bachelors in Musical Theatre. She is a Certified Holistic Sexuality Educator and holds degrees from Maryland University of Integrative Health and The Institute for Sexuality and Enlightenment. She is passionate about motherhood, entrepreneurship, gender equality, and academia in addition to her love for theatre. Favorite past roles include Jen (john & jen), Kate (If/Then), Mary Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life), Emma Goldman (Assassin’s), Homeless Lady (A New Brain), Thomas Jefferson (1776), Lucy T Slut (Avenue Q), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Jo March (Little Women), Betty Jean (Marvelous Wonderettes), and Darlene (Balm in Gilead). Thank you to the two loves of my life and our beautiful daughter – Patrick, Robert, and Florence. I love you with my whole, whole heart! Insta: @braelinand
Robert Kowalewski (Utterson, Jekyll/Hyde U/S) grew up in Crucible, Pennsylvania and attended college at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA, where he received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting/Finance. Robert has been involved in numerous theatrical performances, in both Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Local highlights include: All Night Strut, Gift of the Magi (Jim), and It’s a Wonderful LIfe (Clarence) at Theatre in the Circle; West Side Story (Riff) with the Akron Symphony; Next to Normal (Henry) at French Creek; Bright Ideas (Josh) and Newsies (Crutchie) at Brecksville Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein) and Sweeney Todd (Anthony) with Blank Canvas Theatre; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Chess (Molokov), Head Over Heels (Pit Singer) and Spring Awakening (Melchior) at Near West Theatre. Robert recently originated the role of John Wilkes Booth in INFAMOUS, a new musical written by David Michaels. At WRP: Forbidden Broadway (Mandy Patinkin) and John/Jen (John). Robert thanks his lovely family, (both local and distant) and daughter Florence being along for the ride while he pursues his passion for theatre.
Dennis Runkle (Sir Danvers Carew) Dennis is pleased to be back on stage at WRP, where he last appeared as Dr Kelekian in Wit. Past shows on other NE Ohio stages include Something Rotten (Brother Jeremiah), To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy), and South Pacific (Emile). Dennis sends immense thanks to Dawn and Bradley for including him in this work, and to Kathleen, for whom he appears in an open-ended run as loving husband and assistant pug wrangler. Enjoy the show!
Jacob Lang (Simon Stride, U/S Utterson) is super stoked to be making his debut at Western Reserve Playhouse. He’s been lucky enough to work around Cleveland at theaters including Blank Canvas, Lakeland Civic Theater, Broadview Heights Spotlights, and Clague Playhouse. Jacob loves new theater development, and recently participated in a workshop reading of David Munnell’s Tom and Bobby Love. Other favorite credits include Our Town (George Gibbs), Last Starfighter (Alex/Beta Alex), Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor), and Assassins (John Hinckley Jr.). More eagle-eyed viewers may also recognize him from a March appearance on Jeopardy, where he tried very hard, but came up a little short. Extra love to the cast and crew, this has been such a great journey. Enjoy the show!
Jonathon Clarke (Bishop Baskingstoke/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production of Jekyll and Hyde. This will be his first production as a college graduate, but it certainly won’t be the last. He has previously been in several productions at Cleveland State University, such as The Skin of Our Teeth, Sweeney Todd, and She Loves Me. Jonathon cannot wait to take part in yet another fantastic performative experience on a brand new stage. As always, he is ever grateful to his friends and family for their support.
Jessica Agnor Pringle (Lady Beaconsfield) is thrilled to be making her debut at Western Reserve Playhouse. She has appeared professionally throughout the Cleveland at Blank Canvas Theatre, French Creek Theatre, Lakeland Civic Theatre, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Favorite performances include “Miss Gardner” in Carrie, “Smitty” in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, “Mrs. Segstrom” in A Little Night Music, and “Sally Slaton” in Parade.
Jessica enjoys reading, rowing, and baking. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and their two rambunctious Standard Schnauzers, Freyja and Thor.
TJ Hayes (Proops/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to WRP in Jekyll & Hyde! TJ was last seen at WRP in October, 2022 in WRP’s Stage to Screen Cabaret. Recent credits include We Will Rock You (Underudy for Buddy, Ensemble) at Tri-C East, Hay Fever (Sound and Light board op) at Ohio Shakespeare Festival, The world premiere of the new musical Trollop: The Trials and Titillations of One INfamous Moll Flanders (Ernest, Judge, Tchakov, juggler. Approximately eleven characters in all) at The Renaissance Theatre, Cinderella (Ensemble) at Ohio Shakespeare Festival. TJ thanks mom and dad for putting up with his theatrical shenanigans for all these years. In loving memory of Adam Harry and Brian Bowers.
Michael Rajko (Glossop/Ensemble) is unbelievably honored to be making his debut with Western Reserve Playhouse. After 5 years of directing and running WILLOUGHBY SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL’s drama program, he is delighted to be stepping on the stage for you all tonight. Previously he has portrayed Nikos Argitakos/Ensemble in LEGALLY BLONDE at BGSU and performed and directed copious amounts of improv with BGSU’s Premier short form team THE PLASTIC SHATNERS.
Kelly Schikowski (Nellie U/S Lucy) (she/her) is making her WRP Debut! Kelly was the WRP Social Media Intern during the summer of 2019, where she worked on productions like Heathers and Assassins; she is so excited to finally perform on this stage! Kelly is a Baldwin Wallace University alumna with a B.A. in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship and Theatre and was the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2022. Kelly is a member of the communications team at Playhouse Square, working mainly on the touring Broadway shows that stop there. Favorite past credits include Evil Tina (She Kills Monsters), Greek Chorus (Burial at Thebes), Fran/Lisa (The Heidi Chronicles), Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!), and Marian Paroo (The Music Man). Thanks to Dawn and the entire production team at WRP. Love to her family and friends!
Nathan Zadzilka (Newsboy/Ensemble)is a current student at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music pursuing a degree in Music Education. His major roles in the past include J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Professor Plum in CLUE, and numerous featured roles in Brunswick High School’s virtual production of Songs for a New World. He is thrilled to be making his Western Reserve Playhouse Debut and would like to thank his friends, family, and colleagues for their support. “From the Heart!!” @n8z33
Claire Oliver (Ensemble)is thrilled to be performing in her first production with Western Reserve Playhouse! Claire is a junior at Bowling Green State University majoring in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing. Some of her past theatre credits include Tilly (She Kills Monsters), Liesl (Sound of Music), and Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act). Claire would like to thank her family and friends for all their support. Break a leg to the cast and crew of Jekyll and Hyde!
Caitlin Krauss (U/S Emma) is excited to join the cast of Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical in her first production with Western Reserve Playhouse. Over the years, some of her favorite past roles include “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, “The Witch” from Into the Woods, “Jo March” from Little Women: The Musical, and “Laurey Williams” from Oklahoma! She is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside a talented director, cast, crew, and production team in bringing this powerful, harrowing tale to life.
Sarah McVaney (Ensemble) This will be Sarah’s first time back on stage since 2004. She is the choir director at Louisville City Schools where she teaches 6th through 12th grade. She has also directed multiple musical productions during her tenure in education including Seussical, Cinderella, and Thoroughy Modern Millie to name a few. Sarah also sings with the Sweet Adelines Barbeshop Chorus, City of Flags, in Canton Ohio and is the lead in the 2023 Region 17 Novice Quartet Award winning quartet, Power Chords. Sarah is excited to be a part of her first show at Western Reserve and hopes to get more involved in the future! She would like to thank her husband Steve for the support in everything!
Bella Issa (Ensemble) (she/her) is delighted to be a part of a production with such a wonderful cast and creative team. She is a junior studying theatre and music at Baldwin Wallace University, where she has acted in Crimes of the Heart (Chick Boyle), Julius Caesar (Metellus Cimber), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (LIPS Feature / Transylvanian). She also developed and performed in the piece Verbatim Theatre on Objectification at BW. A favorite role of hers was Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown: The Musical. Outside of theatre, she loves songwriting and reading. She thanks her family and friends for their endless support!
Christina Katsaras (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Western Reserve Playhouse debut as a member of the ensemble of Jekyll and Hyde-a dream musical of hers. Previous credits include Something Rotten, The Who’s Tommy, and The Play That Goes Wrong at various theatres across Northeast Ohio. When not in theatre onstage or backstage, Christina enjoys attending conventions with her fellow Star Trek fans. She dedicates her performance to Daniel, and hopes you enjoy the show.
Justin Andrews (Poole/Minister/Ensemble) (He/Him)is about to be a senior at Bowling Green State University studying Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing. While at BGSU he has gotten the chance to play “Jake” in Evil Dead the Musical, understudy “Lewis” in Pippin, and direct his own staged reading. Justin would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support of him.
Jessica Edwards (ensemble) is excited to be performing in her first WRP production! Most recent credits include Ragtime, Elf, and The Music Man. Offstage, she works as an Intervention Specialist and likes to quilt. She is grateful for her supportive friends and family and for the production team at WRP for this wonderful opportunity!
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