The performances by the Londonderry Musical Society are an annual highlight in the city’s entertainment calendar, and this year they tackled the modern musical, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.
The opening scene was a large ensemble piece which showcased the formidable talent the LMS have become known for, setting the tone for the show ahead.
The lead, Damien Kivlehan, playing the dual role of both dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is best known for his rock band performances, but his move towards musical theatre is standing him in good stead. His powerful voice commands attention, as did his stature.
However, he was overshadowed by two very accomplished female leads. Shonagh Lyons, playing Emma, and Katie Patton, playing Lucy, are both classically trained, and it shows.
Their voices were incredible, and far beyond what was expected in an amateur show.
They are far from amateur, and most definitely destined to do great things.
In particular, Katie Patton’s performance in ‘Bring on the Men’ was a sight to behold. Kudos also goes to chereographer Venessa Chapman for this scene, as the dancing was superb.
Another stand-out song was ‘Take Me As I Am’, performed by Shonagh and Damian in the roles of Jekyll and Emma. It was a touching piece which showed great emotion.
The smaller parts can easily be overlooked, but in Jekyll and Hyde they are integral to the protagonist’s downfall. Each and every one was played brilliantly and Deigh Reid, Director, has to be commended for nurturing their talent.
Finally, you can’t go to an LMS show without enjoying the live band, under Musical Director Jim Goodman, and they did not disappoint.
Overall, it was an enjoyable evening, the acting was top class and the talent on show first rate. If you’re free this weekend then definitely catch it before it closes.
The show continues at the Waterside Theatre this evening, Friday 4th April, closing tomorrow evening, Saturday 5th April. Both performances are at 8pm and tickets are still available priced £15.50/£12.50 concession.