BNI offers Mel Brooks comedy on stage

2014-03-19T00:00:00Z BNI offers Mel Brooks comedy on stageTimes Staff
March 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | The Bishop Noll Institute Theatre Department will present as its Spring production, “Young Frankenstein,” the Mel Brooks musical comedy based on his popular 1974 film of the same name.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 28 and 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday and March 30 in the Bishop Noll Auditorium, 1519 Hoffman St.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. A fish fry dinner to support student programs will be held prior to the musical from 4:30 to 7 both Fridays in the school cafeteria.

The musical, with musical numbers like the memorable "Puttin’ on the Ritz," will feature a cast of more than 30 students, including Nick Anglin in the role of Frederick Frankenstein, Michael Carmona in the role of Victor von Frankenstein, Josephine Fryer in the role of Inspector Kemp, Jacob Herr in the role of Igor, Darryl Ray in the role of the Monster, and Madelon Smith and Epiphany Johnican sharing the role of Inga.

The musical takes place in 1934 in the town of Transylvania Heights, where the villagers are celebrating the death of mad scientist Victor von Frankenstein.

Their celebration is cut short when Inspector Kemp delivers the news that there remains an heir to Victor - his grandson Frederick Frankenstein. Forced to leave his fiancée Elizabeth and his teaching job at a New York medical school, Frederick journeys to Transylvania to settle his grandfather's estate and is met by Frau Blucher, his grandfather's girlfriend, the hunchback Igor, and Inga, an attractive woman looking to be Frederick’s new lab assistant.

Discovering his grandfather’s formula for immortality, Frederick must decide whether he wants to “join the family business” and face the consequences of his own creation.

Bishop Noll’s artistic staff includes Director John Cotey, Technical Director Elizabeth Conley, Music Director David Herr and Orchestra Director Rocco Carioto.

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