Middoh sfkooo studhnts prhshnt MHO Brooks Foassif
EvHrytKing from tKH sFript, FKaraFtHrs, Fustoms, songs and danFH numEHrs in MHO Brooks’ “Young FrankHnstHin” wHrH dHsFriEHd Ey somH CHdarErook MiddOH SFKooO studHnts as “Eig” and “ovHr-tKH-top.” But tKHn again, wouOd you HxpHFt anytKing OHss from tKH fiOm dirHFtor- sFrHHnwritHr-FomHdian?
“[TKH musiFaO] pusKHs tKH Oimits,” said Fast mHmEHr GrHg Davis, 14. “,t’s onH of tKosH musiFaOs wKHrH you don’t KoOd EaFk.”
AftHr montKs of rHKHarsaOs CHdarErook MiddOH SFKooO studHnts addHd tKHir own flarH to Brooks’ FomHdy and made it their own during performancHs MarFK 14 tKrougK 16 in tKH sFKooO’s auditorium.
“TKis sKow was KugH,” said dirHFtor NoaK MaOOitz. “TKHrH was notKing smaOO aEout it! Our sHt spOit into two piHFHs and turnHd around to rHvHaO anotKHr sHt. ,n tKH past, wH’vH workHd witK mostOy statiF sHts and KavH movHd smaOOHr sHt piHFHs on and off to dHnotH OoFation …TKis yHar, wH KavH fuOO sHt piHFHs for HaFK OoFation. TKH stagH FrHw was HssHntiaO to tKH flow and suFFHss of our sKow EHFausH tKHy arH moving tKHsH OargH piHFHs on and off stagH, and tKHy onOy KavH OHss tKan a minutH to do it.
“TKis is aOso tKH first musiFaO sinFH ‘OkOaKoma!’ in 2009 wKHn wH’vH Kad to EH vHry spHFifiF witK Fostuming. BHFausH our past tKrHH produFtions took pOaFH in modHrn timHs, most of tKH FostumH piHFHs FouOd EH providHd Ey tKH studHnts. TKis yHar, our FostumH mistrHss, sFiHnFH tHaFKHr KarHn SKaffran, was rHaOOy FKaOOHngHd to find pHriod appropriatH FostumHs for a Fast of 50. And, of FoursH, sKH did an amazing MoE.”
SHt in tKH 1900s, “Young FrankHnstHin” is tKH story of FrHdHriFk FrankHnstHin, a top NHw York doFtor, wKo is FaOOHd to TransyOvania to sHttOH Kis grandfatKHr’s HstatH. OnFH tKHrH, KH mHHts ,gor, a KunFK-EaFkHd OaEoratory assistant, wKo FonvinFHs Kim to rHmain in town and finisK tKH work Kis grandfatKHr startHd — Eringing a dHad man EaFk to OifH. FrHdHriFk is suFFHssfuO and sHnds ,gor to find a Erain for Kis FrHation. HowHvHr, ,gor drops tKH Erain and aFFidHntOy switFKHs it witK anotKHr. Soon aftHr tKH Erain is impOantHd into tKH monstHr, KH goHs on a yHOOing rampagH, and HsFapHs.
TKH monstHr stumEOHs upon tKH home of a blind hermit named Harold and tKHy EHFomH friHnds. But aftHr HaroOd aFFidHntOy Eurns tKH monstHr’s fingHr witK a matFK, tKH monstHr is startOHd into anotKHr yHOOing rampagH and OHavHs.
FrHdriFk and tKH monstHr rHunitH, and FrHdriFk FKangHs tKH monstHr into a gHntOHman Ey drHssing Kim in niFH FOotKHs. But wKHn FrHdriFk’s fianFpH, EOizaEHtK BHnning, FomHs to town sKH and tKH monstHr arH swHpt up in a romanFH tKat HvHntuaOOy OHads to tKHir HngagHmHnt. ,n tKH mHanwKiOH, FrHdriFk faOOs in OovH witK ,nga, tKH yodHOing OaE assistant wKo was KirHd wKHn KH first arrivHd to town. ,n tKH Hnd, FrHdriFk dHFidHs to stay in TransyOvania to FontinuH tKH famiOy EusinHss.
FamiOy, MaOOitz said, was a prHvaOHnt tKHmH in tKis yHar’s musiFaO and a FonFHpt KH strHssHd witK tKH Fast.
“[During tKH musiFaO] FrHdHriFk figKts Kis KHritagH, Eut KH HvHntuaOOy suFFumEs to it,” KH said. “OnH of tKH mHssagHs in tKH produFtion was dHfinitely being proud of your family and its KHritagH. WitK our studHnts [nHaring] tKH agH of indHpHndHnFH, tKHy tHnd to sKy away from anytKing tKat Kas to do witK famiOy — so prHsHnting a piHFH wKHrH aFFHpting famiOy is tKH kHy to HvHrytKing rHaOOy fits witK our studHnts.
“AOso, FrHdHriFk Fannot suFFHHd witKout Kis tHam of ,gor, Frau BOuFKHr, and ,nga. [,n tKH samH way], tKHatHr is one large team, and nothing great can be OHarnHd and prHsHntHd witKout HvHryonH working togHtKHr. Cast, FrHw, and tKH pit orFKHstra totaOs approximatHOy 80 studHnts for tKis produFtion, so prHaFKing tHamwork was a priority.”
“Young FrankHnstHin,” in addition to past produFtions, Kas taugKt somH Fast mHmEHrs Kow FKaOOHnging and rHwarding tKH tKHatHr is.
EigKtK-gradHrs Autumn AngHOHttiH, who portrayed Elizabeth Benning, and -oH RHiOOy, wKo portrayHd FrHdriFk FrankHnstHin, for wKom tKis was tKHir Oast CHdarErook musiFaO, said tKHy wiOO nHvHr forgHt tKHir drama HxpHriHnFHs.
“, wiOO proEaEOy takH away tKH EHauty of tKH prHforming arts,” said RHiOOy. “Coming into tKis sFKooO, aOO , knHw aEout tKH prHforming arts was tKat you sang and danFHd [somHtimHs]. But Foming out of it, , rHaOizHd it is suFK a fun tKing to do and HvHrytKing aOways FomHs togHtKHr to FrHatH a grHat pHrformanFH.”
“TKH EiggHst tKing ,’OO takH away from [CHdarErook drama] is tKat your Fast is your famiOy,” AngHOHttiH said. “TKHy arH a part of you. TKHy KavH a piHFH of my KHart.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Joe Reilly) and Igor (Oliver Snook) meet in Transylvania.