DATE CHANGE for "Young Frankenstein" performances: Performances are now scheduled for March 21, 22 and 23.
The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present the Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein,” on Thursday, MARCH 21, Friday, MARCH 22 and Saturday, MARCH 23 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. No reservations are required.
Based on the 1974 film by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, “Young Frankenstein” opened on Broadway in 2007 with a book written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Musical Theatre International called it “a monster new musical comedy. 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 continuously abounds.”
In The Gunnery’s production, Sean Douglas '19 portrays Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Sam Johnson '19 is Igor, Max Farrar '21 is Frau Blucher, and Katie Nemergut is Inga, the lab assistant. The cast also features: Alex Zhang ’20 as Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancée, Elizabeth Benning; Paul Khrapunov ’21 as the monster; Travis Powell ’19 as Inspector Hans Kemp, who comes to the castle to investigate after the monster goes on a rampage; John Crabtree ’19, as the blind hermit the monster encounters following his escape; Drew Sutherland ’21 as Dr. Frankenstein’s ghostly grandfather, Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein; and Harry Sutton ’20 as the village idiot.
The ensemble cast includes: Aurora Aviles ’20, Kyra Briggs ’22, Sheridan Curry ’22, Isabel Martin ’20, Joyce McFarland ’20, Emma Smith ’22, Maggie Xiang ’21 and Yolanda Wang ’21. This production also featured guest appearances by Barbora Barancikova ’19, Gwendolyn Brown ’20, Andrew Byrne-King ’20, Juliette Gaggini ’20 and Rain Ji ’19.
The play is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Dayton '08, Director of Dramatic Arts, with producer Sarah Albright, with music director Sarah Fay, set design by Al Chiappetta of Sherman Playhouse, and costumes by Terry Hawley. The stage crew includes Allie Bruck ’22, Charles DeVos ’20, Acadia Johnson '21, Hailey Lovallo '21, Kate O’Farrell ’22 and Keven O’Farrell ’22. Cody Moore '19 plays in the pit band.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.