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[Editor's Note: Shows were originally scheduled to start in June, but due to high water levels on the Mississippi were postponed. The production plans to resume on July 4.] Docked along the banks of the Mississippi River, the Minnesota Centennial Showboat has become an annual summer destination for theatergoers seeking entertainment that harks back to another era. Just the act of stepping aboard the picturesque vessel and entering the Victorian-decorated “jewel box” theater is akin to being swept back in time, but the real temporal shift kicks in when the production begins. Specializing in melodramas, the cast and crew (consisting largely of theater students from the University of Minnesota) exhibit boundless creative energy, breaking between scenes for delightfully archaic olios — cheeky vaudevillian interludes consisting of song-and-dance routines. Patrons are encouraged to join in as well by cheering the hero and jeering the villain. These two character types will be blended in this summer’s production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. While most adaptations of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic apply weighty philosophical undertones, the Showboat (reprising a version staged in 2002) features a less ambiguous approach in which the virtuous doctor battles to reclaim his life and love from the diabolical clutches of his increasingly dominant alter ego. Led by stage director Peter Moore and musical director Vern Sutton, the combination of thriller storytelling and musical mirth intends to have audiences sitting on the edge of their seats, even while tapping their feet.