PERFORMING ARTS

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts is presenting the strange case of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," starting Thursday.

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic tale of the battle between good and evil that lies in us all, and we at CGCC are excited to bring this new adaptation to the stage," said Shalynn Reynolds, production director.

This particular production is an adaptation from the original novel from local playwright and Ahwatukee Foothills resident Andrea Mcfeely.

Mcfeely originally wrote this adaptation for a younger audience and was excited when CGCC wanted to do it for an older, more college level audience.

"I felt this play should be done for an older audience," Mcfeely said. "For me, I wanted it to explore how we respond to our dark side, which I believe we all have."

This adaptation was also nominated for an ariZoni award, which is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the visibility and growth of theater in the Arizona.

The play's cast is mostly students, but there were also open auditions for this play and any other production that is put on by CGCC. The school's theater program puts on at least five shows per year; there are normally two plays and two musical theater productions done annually by the CGCC theater department.

The first two performances at the college's Pecos campus, 2626 E. Pecos Road, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14. There will be a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Ticket prices are $8 general admission and $5 for students.

To purchase tickets, call (480) 732-7343.

For more information, visit www.cgc.edu/arts.

Haley Buntrock is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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