Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” Oct. 12 – 16 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium.
Tickets to each show are $15, $12 for children and seniors and Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. A “Five for Fifty” package allowing patrons to see each show for $10 or buy five tickets for one show for $50 is available. For ticket information, call (318) 357-4483.
Brooks adapted his film, “Young Frankenstein” into a musical in which Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”) inherits a castle in Transylvania containing Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher. After discovering the secret entrance to his grandfather’s laboratory, Frederick decides to carry on the family experiments and creates a monster of his own.
“The play is the same as the movie except it is a stage show with songs and dance,” said Director Scott Burrell. “It has the same iconic moments and one-liners everyone remembers.”
Burrell is the director with musical direction by Dr. Corey Trahan and choreography by Brett Alan Garfinkel and Rebecca Morgan.
Members of the cast are Luke Matherne of Monroe as Fredrick, Erica Jarlock of Covington as Inga, Scarlett Saizan of Covington as Elizabeth, Jesse Kortus of Shreveport as Igor, Maddie Fry of Baton Rouge as Frau Blucher, Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond Oklahoma as Kemp/Hermit and Taylor Smith of Leesville as the creature.
Members of the ensemble are Desmond Moss of Covington, Joey Carroll and McKenzie Byrd of Denham Springs, Addison Henson, LG Williams and Anna Birbiglia of New Orleans, Dwight Robinette of Prairieville, Asher Van Meter and Payton Hartwick of Edmond, Oklahoma, Kathryn Bancroft of Metairie, Annie Dauzat of Watson and Laura Guzman of Cartegena, Colombia.
“Those actors in the ensemble carry the show,” said Burrell. “They are medical students, villagers and secondary characters in the play. They are changing costumes constantly during the show. Their role is as important as any lead.”
Micheal Carrier of Lafayette and Marissa McMickens of Pineville are dance captains. Paul Pharris is lighting designer, Jessica J. Parr is costume designer with scenic design by Phillip Kidd. Christopher Davison of Shreveport is stage manager and Cameron Duhe and Samantha Rohr of New Orleans are assistant stage mangers with props design by Lauren Guillot of Marrero and sound design by Briana Acosta of St. Bernard. Andrew Vessel of Baton Rouge is assistant director and Cambree Bailey of Loranger is production assistant.