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Behind Closed Doors: The Story of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

13th & 14th October 2012

St Peters Church House, Cromwell Road, Whitstable
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Behind Closed Doors, The Story of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is the first stage musical by composer, guitarist and community musician Stephen Clee. Blast Creative Productions is a division of Blast Creative Music set up by Stephen Clee as a working title for his creative and educational work.

Blast Creative Music has been involved in creating original music and creative music based education projects for over ten years and has work with closely with many performers and events such as Canterbury's Sounds New festival and the Deal Festival of Music and Art.

Stephen Clee graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University having completed a Bmus (hons) degree in Music specialising in composition and orchestration. Much of his work since then has been involved in education working as a freelance community musician creating and delivering projects that engage people in musical composition. This work has involved Arts Council Lottery funded projects and regeneration work as well as 'Composer in Residence' positions for music festivals.

His compositions have received public performances by performers from across Britain and mainland Europe which have included the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral and guitarist Johannes Moller. As a performer he has worked on a number of shows including Mel Brooks 'The Producers' and classics such as 'Little Shop of Horrors'. This is mixed with solo work as well as various small ensembles for specific events and a regular position in the New Eden Big Band.

Along with his work with Blast Creative Music, Stephen teaches music technology and music performance to Folkestone Academy's 6th form students.

Ginger Cow Productions

Gingercow Theatrical Productions is the company set up by Cheryl Mumford for her performance, directorial, scriptwriting and creative projects and workshops. She has worked both in theatre and television with a variety of people including James Fleet, Amanda Redman, Bonnie Langford, Christopher Biggens and both the late Mike Reid and Howard Keel.

Cheryl Mumford graduated from the University of Kent having completed a 4 Year Degree in Drama and Theatre Arts specialising in Devised Theatre. Since graduating she has created 4 original pieces of theatre and was the co-organiser of "The Stories From The Belly Of The Whale" Festival.

Her directorial credits also include:- Jesus Christ Superstar, Hot Mikado, Little Shop of Horrors, Female of the Species, The Lesson, Black and White, Self Catering, The Slipper and the Rose, The Real Inspector Hound, Godspell, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Spare The Rod, Life After Life, Wake Me Up, The Failure of Success, The Sound of Gershwin, Aladdin, Babes in the Woods, Sleeping Beauty, Dick Whittington.

Her performance credits include:- Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Charity Barnum in Barnum, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Lady Marmalade in Disco Inferno, Ann Pornick in Half A Sixpence, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Lily St Regis in Annie, Bridget in Slice of Saturday Night, Rowena in Salad Days, Jeanie in Brigadoon, Pitti-Sing in Mikado, Police Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, Lady Battersby in Me and My Girl, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Isabel in Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Vinegar Tom, Rosa Dartle in David Copperfield, Adele in Shakers, Beth in Lie of the Mind, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Mother Peter in Once a Catholic, Claire in Proof, Muriel Tate in Plaza Suite, Bridget in Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Two, Jill in Equus, Wasp Woman in The Adventures of Wasp Woman, Woman in Ficky Stingers, Fiona in Comfort and Joy and Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island, Jack Goose in Mother Goose, Dick Whittington in Dick Whittington, Dame Dotty Dibble in Jack and The Beanstalk, Mary Mary in Jack and the Beanstalk, Principal Girl in Cinderella, Wicked Fairy in Jack and The Beanstalk, Good Fairy in Dick Whittington, Zipper in Sleeping Beauty.

Along with her work for Gingercow Theatrical Productions (and other theatrical companies), Cheryl teaches at Reculver Primary School and sings in the local covers band Frogjuggler.

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This original stage musical by Stephen Clee of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic tale follows Dr Jekyll's friend Mr Utterson around London as he attempts to resolve the mystery surrounding the loathsome Mr Hyde. As the mystery grows so does Dr Jekyll and housemaid Rose's affections for each other, both struggling to put aside their class differences and share their feelings. Rose becomes a key to the puzzle as she witnesses the murder of the brash Dr Lanyon by Mr Hyde yet how did Mr Hyde come into possession of Dr Jekyll's walking stick to use in such a hideous crime?

Mr Utterson's investigations are helped by Dr Jekyll's trusted butler Poole as he grows more concerned each day for the wellbeing of his employer. The longer Dr Jekyll hides away behind his laboratory door the greater the anxiety of the outside world. As the story unfolds the tension builds to an explosive finale as Mr Utterson finally discovers the truth of Mr Hyde and what exactly had happened to Mr Jekyll 'Behind Closed Doors'.

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