Meet the “Jekyll and Hyde” Cast! MJ Maurer has appeared in many recent Centre Stage shows, and plays “Lady Beaconsfield” in our new musical! MJ takes time to talk to us about being in an “intense musical” and her know-it-all character in her blog post! Read on below…
How does it feel returning to Centre Stage? Could you tell us about your past roles with CS?
It is always great to work with Centre Stage! There is a joyful commitment to cooperation in producing high quality, thought-provoking entertainment for the community. The dark, intense musical Jekyll and Hyde is certainly a different experience than the silly fun of Is He Dead?, though it is great to be working with many of the same people in cast and crew from previous shows!
Please tell us a bit about your character(s) and connecting to the role…
Lady Beaconsfield is very sure of always being the smartest person in the room. She knows what is best and makes sure everyone knows it. No one ever is quite good enough for her, but she welcomes the attentions of the people who must cater to her because of her money and power. She really does think she is doing the right thing when she makes decisions that cannot be questioned.
What are some of your favorite parts so far working with this script and cast?
I have not worked on such an intense musical production in a long time and it has been so wonderful to work with the talent and expertise in this project. It is amazing to witness the music coming to life!
In the spirit of good vs. evil, who is your favorite villain?
Hmmm. I’ve never thought about that but I think it is probably Sweeny Todd. People can certainly identify with his anger and sadness but it is horrifying to think about what that anger leads him to do.
Is there anything else you would like audiences to know about you?
I have the most amazing family! My husband, children, grandchildren and siblings bring such joy to my world (along with challenges that come with such a large close family). Love is magic. The more you give away, the more you have.
Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical is on stage October 20-November 12 and can be purchased by clicking the Tickets Tab at the top of the page!