It’s Alive! Zanesville Community Theatre Presents “Young Frankenstein”

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This weekend, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster will be "Putting on the Ritz" at the Zanesville Community Theatre during Young Frankenstein, a musical based on the iconic Mel Brooks film.

The ZCT production, directed by Jan Smith with Sheryl Wise as musical director/choreographer and Phil Palmer as producer/assistant director, follows the basic plot of the 1974 movie.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a successful American academic played by Rob Cook, has spent years living down the reputation of his European family. After the death of his grandfather, Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein (played by Steven Hendershott), Frederick returns to Transylvania, inherits the family castle and begins to repeat his grandfather’s experiments.

He acquires a devoted family retainer, Igor, played by Sean Adam McClure and a new lab assistant, Inga, played by Jillian B. Von Gunten. The housekeeper of the castle (and keeper of many of its secrets) is the intimidating Frau Bleucher, played by Cindy Houpt.

Ashley Krieger appears as Elizabeth Benning, Frederick’s touch-me-not fiancée. Inspector Kemp and The Hermit are played by Dave Kerr and Dan Von Gunten respectively, and Kerby Staker will be appearing in the role of Ziggy. Rounding out the cast’s principles is Matt Swingle in the demanding role of The Monster.

The following cast members appear in an ensemble as villagers, servants and weird creatures of the night (or sometimes all of the above): Lura Brannon, Aaron Chase, Tahnee Dorsey, Mary Harris, William Harris, Nathan Kerr, Lauren Metcalf, Bambi McConaha, Angel Palmer, Phil Palmer, Michelle Robison, Jan Smith, Jodi Strauss, Rebecca Wagstaff, Jodi Mock Wolf and Lew Woodward.

The orchestra, providing accompaniment to the vocal performances as well as underscoring many of the scenes consists of: Sheryl Wise, Ann Hartshorn and John Shivers, keyboards; John Hill, Cheryl Hill and Susan Barzda, woodwinds; Dakota McConaha and Lori Barnes, trumpets; Chad Stemm, trombone; Alex Shinn, string bass; and Bill Albright and Stu Williams, percussion.

Performances will be held Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5 at 8 p.m. There will also be Sunday matinee performances on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. The theatre is located in the McIntire Historic District at 940 Findley Avenue.

For reservations or more information, contact the ZCT box office at 740-455-6487 or visit