Hammer brings Jekyll and Hyde to life

WhatsOn Apr 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Hammer Entertainment’s artistic director is returning to centre stage in the theatre company’s latest production.

Jason Dick will play the lead in Hammer’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, which opens April 24 at the Rebecca Theatre.

Dick says he fell in love with the production when he first saw it 17 years ago and was keen on playing the lead. His last starring role with Hammer was in the opening season seven years ago.

The Westmount graduate says this version of Jekyll and Hyde is based on the Broadway play, but the emphasis is more on the main character rather than the story or the music. Rather than portraying it as a battle of good versus evil, it will focus more on Jekyll’s state of mind.

“This story talks more about mental health,” says Dick.

It wasn’t until his third year of high school that Dick became interested in the theatre. He had been a musician and singer, but was not interested in acting until a friend urged him to try out for Westmount’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“It’s one of the best known musicals of all time, but I had never heard of it,” says Dick, 35.

He caught the acting bug and has been involved in the theatre ever since. After spending several years in Toronto, Dick returned to Hamilton about eight years ago.

Upon his return, he noticed nobody was doing new musical theatre in the city — “the same old stuff was being done,” he says — so he formed Hammer Entertainment, which has since become a not-for-profit charitable theatre company.

Hammer’s goal is to use as many local theatre professionals and volunteers as possible, says Dick.

For more information about Jekyll and Hyde, which runs April 24 until May 2 at the Rebecca Theatre, 28 Rebecca St., see hammerentertainment.ca or call 905-379-6520.

Hammer brings Jekyll and Hyde to life

Jason Dick will play the lead in Hammer’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, which opens April 24 at the Rebecca Theatre

WhatsOn Apr 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Hammer Entertainment’s artistic director is returning to centre stage in the theatre company’s latest production.

Jason Dick will play the lead in Hammer’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, which opens April 24 at the Rebecca Theatre.

Dick says he fell in love with the production when he first saw it 17 years ago and was keen on playing the lead. His last starring role with Hammer was in the opening season seven years ago.

The Westmount graduate says this version of Jekyll and Hyde is based on the Broadway play, but the emphasis is more on the main character rather than the story or the music. Rather than portraying it as a battle of good versus evil, it will focus more on Jekyll’s state of mind.

This story talks more about mental health

“This story talks more about mental health,” says Dick.

It wasn’t until his third year of high school that Dick became interested in the theatre. He had been a musician and singer, but was not interested in acting until a friend urged him to try out for Westmount’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“It’s one of the best known musicals of all time, but I had never heard of it,” says Dick, 35.

He caught the acting bug and has been involved in the theatre ever since. After spending several years in Toronto, Dick returned to Hamilton about eight years ago.

Upon his return, he noticed nobody was doing new musical theatre in the city — “the same old stuff was being done,” he says — so he formed Hammer Entertainment, which has since become a not-for-profit charitable theatre company.

Hammer’s goal is to use as many local theatre professionals and volunteers as possible, says Dick.

For more information about Jekyll and Hyde, which runs April 24 until May 2 at the Rebecca Theatre, 28 Rebecca St., see hammerentertainment.ca or call 905-379-6520.

Hammer brings Jekyll and Hyde to life

Jason Dick will play the lead in Hammer’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, which opens April 24 at the Rebecca Theatre

WhatsOn Apr 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Hammer Entertainment’s artistic director is returning to centre stage in the theatre company’s latest production.

Jason Dick will play the lead in Hammer’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, which opens April 24 at the Rebecca Theatre.

Dick says he fell in love with the production when he first saw it 17 years ago and was keen on playing the lead. His last starring role with Hammer was in the opening season seven years ago.

The Westmount graduate says this version of Jekyll and Hyde is based on the Broadway play, but the emphasis is more on the main character rather than the story or the music. Rather than portraying it as a battle of good versus evil, it will focus more on Jekyll’s state of mind.

This story talks more about mental health

“This story talks more about mental health,” says Dick.

It wasn’t until his third year of high school that Dick became interested in the theatre. He had been a musician and singer, but was not interested in acting until a friend urged him to try out for Westmount’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“It’s one of the best known musicals of all time, but I had never heard of it,” says Dick, 35.

He caught the acting bug and has been involved in the theatre ever since. After spending several years in Toronto, Dick returned to Hamilton about eight years ago.

Upon his return, he noticed nobody was doing new musical theatre in the city — “the same old stuff was being done,” he says — so he formed Hammer Entertainment, which has since become a not-for-profit charitable theatre company.

Hammer’s goal is to use as many local theatre professionals and volunteers as possible, says Dick.

For more information about Jekyll and Hyde, which runs April 24 until May 2 at the Rebecca Theatre, 28 Rebecca St., see hammerentertainment.ca or call 905-379-6520.