Plays, musicals and readings; one-person shows and full-cast productions; black-box minimalism and tromp l’oeil sets with trapdoors and pulleys. The Depot Stage hosts a world of creativity.
Oct. 31–Nov. 17
Mel Brooks has adapted his legendarily funny film (remember the “What hump?” bit?) into a brilliant stage creation. Young Frankenstein opens at the Depot on Halloween.
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity abounds.
Parents: Remember, this is a Mel Brooks piece. Colorful language and anatomical references abound. The MPAA gave the film, on which this production is based, a PG rating.
Young Frankenstein is every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers. It has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair. Catch the cast singing, dancing, tapping and cavorting in the memorable numbers, “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.
Directed by Nancy Swann; Choreography by Christine Bokhour; Set Design by Chris Nowak; Musical direction/accompaniment by Todd Hulet; Lighting by Ethan R. Jones, with lighting tech Evan Schweikhart.
With Exceptional CAST:
Frederick - John Hartzell
Elizabeth - Christine Bokhour
Igor - Bobby Convertino
Inga - Emma Morcone
Frau Blucher - Cat Guthrie
Monster - Trevor Swann
Victor/Hermit - Sterling Swann
Kemp - Craig Patrick Browne
Ziggy - Conor Austin
Lee Robin Gebhardt