“Young Frankenstein,” the new Mel Brooks musical based on the famous 1974 film, will be the College of Lake County’s summer musical, produced by the departments of theatre, music and dance.
The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 18-19, 25-26 and at 2 p.m. July 20 and 27 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St.
The production aims to be a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend. The story follows young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Aided by his oddly-shaped, endearing helper Igor and his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, Young Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster, despite the distraction of his madcap fiancée Elizabeth.
With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Young Frankenstein” has been enjoyed by Broadway audiences and at regional theatres throughout the country. Newsday called it “A blissfully funny monster mash!”
The show, with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, is being directed by Craig Rich. Other directors include Jean Hersey (music), Lamaiya Lancaster (dance) and Tom Mitchell (technical). Paul Hefner conducts an 11-member orchestra. Assistant technical director/scene shop supervisor is Jeffrey Weiss and the stage manager is Joey Chelmecki.
The production features a talented cast of actors and a full chorus of singers and dancers. The lead roles are played by CLC newcomers as well as past CLC summer musical performers.
Dino Mazzetti of Lake Zurich (Frederick Frankenstein) has a bachelor of music with emphasis in vocal music education from Millikin University. He will attend Illinois State University in the fall to begin a program in choral conducting. CLC audiences have seen him as Beadle Bamford in “Sweeney Todd” and Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!”
Scott Metzger of Libertyville (Igor) has a number of TV and radio credits in Los Angeles and Chicago, but for the past two years he has taught English and theater at Wauconda High School. He recently played Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!” at Gorton Community Center and directed “Legally Blonde” and “The Penelopiad” at Wauconda High School.
Robert Ryan Sadlowski of Gurnee (The Monster) is the cantor for Our Lady of Ransom and Holy Cross churches. Past CLC performances include Officer Lockstock in “Urinetown,” Pilate in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Bill Sykes in “Oliver!”
Kara Spector of Buffalo Grove (Frau Blucher) has a B.M. and B.A. from Northwestern University and is pursuing an M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. She is a middle school music and language arts teacher. She performed as Chiffon in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Linda in “The Wedding Singer” for Big Deal Productions. CLC audiences will remember her as Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Erica Reneé Werner of Lake Forest (Elizabeth) is a sophomore B.F.A. music theatre major at Illinois Wesleyan University. Past performances include Janet Van De Graff in “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Illinois Wesleyan University, Nancy in “Oliver!” at Center Stage in Lake Forest and Hedy LaRue in “How to Succeed in Business” at Lake Forest High School.
Katherine Wettermann of Lake Forest (Inga) attends the University of Miami, majoring in advertising and minoring in theatre. Past performances include Ariel in “Footloose,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Les Miserables.”
Other cast members include Robert Bock (Lake Villa) as Inspector Hans Kemp, Jack Larsen (Antioch) as The Hermit, Michael Dvorak (Long Grove) as Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein and Joe Lewis (Glenview) as Ziggy.
Ensemble men include Austin Berrelez (Wauconda), Moises Diaz (Waukegan), Gavin Diehl and Mason Diehl (Round Lake Heights), Michael Dvorak, Jack Larsen, Joe Lewis, Daniel Mendoza (Waukegan), Kyle Perry (Round Lake), Bill Roberts (Libertyville), Neil Spector (Buffalo Grove) and Matt Trush (Third Lake).
Ensemble women include Angela Athanas (Waukegan), Emilia Dvorak (Long Grove), Jacklyn Ann Klimczak (Des Plaines), Alexa Laird and Katie Rarick (Grayslake), Rosanne Mader (Hawthorn Woods), Mary Nicholas (Palatine), Chelsi Palmerin and Samantha Stonecipher (Hainesville), Caroline Passalino (Lake Forest), Sara Perkins-Jones, Hannah Shepherd and Jazmine Tamayo (all Antioch), and Savannah Thomas (Winthrop Harbor).
To view a video promotion for the musical, visit the College of Lake County Theatre Facebook page.
Tickets are $12-15. Buy one, get one free on July 18 and 25 (offer not available online). For more information, call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more in advance. For information, call (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu.