Meet Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde – George Mercer
Who is George?
I feel I am still yet to discover completely who I am so it is a difficult question to answer. I guess I’m a 23 year old guy that’s small, pale and handsome.
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
I love the music of the show. It has a beautiful score and there is a nice mix of soft and tender music, combined with dark and emotional elements. It also has an important message that holds very personal to me as far as showing how important mental health is.
This is your first show with BMTG, tell us about your experience so far.
The society has been very supportive, open and friendly. This company makes you feel good and I’ve felt like I haven’t had to try too hard to fit in. I’ve enjoyed the entire process and cannot wait to perform this show!
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
There is a huge contrast to other productions due to the costume style (Steampunk theme). I feel our director has a vision that is unique and she allows her cast to be completely free with their own interpretation of their characters. I feel it will be great for an audience member who might have previously seen the show as it will allow them to get a fresh perspective on it.
You are playing the part of Jekyll & Hyde, which traditionally, is played by a male in their 30s. How has this affected the way you have portrayed him? –
I want to get across that Jekyll is a very complicated person as I feel he is a young man with worries that age him. This makes his playing age seem older than what he actually is. Somebody young can actually play him. His storyline and life has aged his mannerisms and the way he is as a person.
What do you love about this character?
I’m allowed to express myself and really make the audience understand the impact that personality disorders, impulse and obsessive thinking can have on someone’s life. It has a major impact on friends, family and one’s self.
- If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I would say Lucy but that’s not realistic is it? I suppose Spider, because again, the character itself is very unique and the fact of the character being the leading player really interests me. In our version, she is a complex character that has to narrate the story with interest and keep the audience on edge. It’s a difficult role as you need to be that controlling, powerful presence but not portray an actual villain.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite musical and why?
Phantom of the opera as it has so many layers. It tells the tale of a man that means good but tends to come across poorly sometimes. The part of the Phantom is a romantic and again, he is a broken character. I feel you could get so much as a actor from that part.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I would do Kinky Boots. I feel like this show has so many important topic for many people in our current society. It shows self expression and deals with many real issues that people are still trying to fight against today such as race and sexuality.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage and the curtain goes up?
I breathe. I also have a tendency to pace so I feel fortunate that there is enough space to do so backstage.
George’s full BMTG history:
Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde – Jekyll & Hyde
Other recent theatre credits include:
Pippin – Pippin (The Cast)
Ensemble – Rent (KTCO
Seymour – Little Shop of Horrors (KTCO)
Doody – Grease (Leos)