Shoestring Theatre two-steps into the spooky season with “Young Frankenstein, the Musical,” at 380 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen.
Based on the 1974 Mel Brooks film, the musical is a parody of the Universal Pictures film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and its sequel, Son of Frankenstein. After the Broadway success of The Producers, Mr. Brooks teamed again with Thomas Meehan to put together the musical comedy.
Transylvania is a happy town after the death of a local mad scientist, who had a history of building undead monsters and setting them loose on the inhabitants. Inspector Kemp (David Santiago) stops the funeral revelry with the sudden revelation the dead mad scientist has a grandson.
Joshua Freeman is Freddy Frankenstein (that’s pronounced Fronk-N-Steen), a New York City doctor and the Dean of Anatomy at the Johns, Miriam and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine. He has worked his entire life to separate himself from his grandfather, Victor Frankenstein (Bob Sollien). But Freddy has to settle the Transylvanian estate. His fiancee, Elizabeth Benning (Tiffany Demps), sends him on his way.
He is assailed by his biggest fan, the hunchback Igor (Steve Gelovich), that's Eye-gor, who has hired Inga (Kirsten Kiwior Taylor), a yodeling lab assistant.
At Castle Frankenstein, they meet Victor’s housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Pat Prudente Justin), whose name drives the horses to violent fearful neighing, and who has dirty secrets of her own.
Freddy embraces his heritage as a mad scientist and builds a Monster (Tim Akers).
The ensemble cast includes Brian Casey, Penney Friedrich, Brihanna Gaytan, Rae Harrell, D’Montrae Harris, Carole King, Liz Lavery, Eli Lemoine, Sophia Mercado, Jaidyn Richardson, Lorenzo Richardson, April Siciliano and Maya Swain.
Produced by Anne Sollien, the musical is directed by Ayo Demps, music directed by Tiffany Demps, choreographed by Andrea “Fosse” O’Reilly and stage managed by Lori Lemoine.
Opening night will feature the WanderBar with one Frankenstein-themed drink included with each admission (non-alcoholic also available).
The closing matinee will feature the Happy Howie’s Homemade Ice cream Truck bringing the yummy flavors to the Shoestring parking lot.
Show dates are Oct. 15-17, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adult, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and available at shoestringtheatre.net or by calling the box office (386) 228-3777.