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PUBLISHED: 13:31 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 17:26 16 August 2010

A BROADWAY musical is opening at a town centre theatre next month. Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) are putting the finishing touches to

A BROADWAY musical is opening at a town centre theatre next month.

Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) are putting the finishing touches to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Jekyll and Hyde which will run for four days at The Orchard Theatre in Home Gardens, Dartford.

The British version of the show was adapted with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn.

Director David Maun said the biggest challenge is to create the contrast between good and evil alter egos Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

He will use different stage colours on the two characters played by Sidcup teacher Dave Kerry.

Mr Maun said: "On television you can use cutaways and change make up over a period of time but obviously on the stage you can't do that.

"In act two there is a song with more than 30 lighting cues where he sings alternate lines as Jekyll and Hyde, effectively a duet by himself.

"Lilac is used for Jekyll and red for Hyde. People will see it once and they have to believe it." Former BBC lighting expert Terry Brett will bring the stage to life as the performers grapple with a gritty realism, something Maun says is essential to the show, adding: "It's not going to work if there is a lot of skirt swishing."

The group did their first full run through last Monday and the next challenge is to do rehearsals in full costume, something made more difficult for actresses who will be wearing corsets. DAODS chairman Fred Hall said: "The part of Dr Henry Jekyll is regarded as one of the best ever written for a male actor.

"The score has some of the most haunting and atmospheric music ever written for theatre with over 20 numbers."

The musical runs from Wednesday, October 22 to Saturday, October 25. Tickets are available from The Orchard box office on 01322 220000 or www.orchardtheatre.co.uk.

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