Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Frankenstein: A New Musical

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A19-CBN-2-20-15-8The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming production of Frankenstein: A New Musical…music by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen, from a novel by Mary Shelley.

The Island Theater Company presented the show last season, in partnership with Marco Lutheran Church, to sold out audiences and rave reviews. You won’t want to miss the encore production of Frankenstein: A New Musical. The cast will be joining together once again to raise funds for the ITC Kids Youth Program. If you missed the show, heard about it from a friend, or read stories about it in the paper, this is your chance to see it in person! If you were lucky enough to see the show last season, many of the lead actors will be returning for this performance, so come listen to them once again. This In Concert performance offers an opportunity to experience the amazing music from the show while supporting our island kids.

Frankenstein explores the full gamut of human experience like no other novel ever written. Forget all you have seen in the movies–this is not a Hollywood scare-fest populated by lumbering ghouls and wild-eyed maniacs. This is Mary Shelley’s original, brilliant, romantic terror—a dark vision of what lies at the depths of the human soul and what happens when its full power is unleashed.

Imagine a world without grief and pain. It is this noble goal, which first compels Victor Frankenstein to pursue his dreams of discovering the secret of life. Having lost his mother to Scarlet Fever, he vows to rid our world of the strife of death. His father’s unconditional devotion to the son’s brilliant future is evidenced by his enduring pride in his son’s efforts. Elizabeth, Victors Fiancé, exemplifies the power of true love. She will never turn from his side, and through her, he can and will understand the ideal that love can truly conquer all. Curiosity is depicted in the exuberance of youth found in William, and the genuineness of faith and loyalty can be seen in the character of Justine, the governess. True courage is portrayed through the role of Henry. A best friend’s

 

 

dilemma forces him to stand up for what he knows is right with the hope that he will change the future by altering its course. The qualities of friendship and kindness, as well as anger, fear, and rage are witnessed through his encounters with the blind man, his daughter, and the variety of people ranging from an angry mob to the sophisticated aristocracy.

It is not unlike our present mindset to believe that with hard work, we can accomplish anything. The scientific method has given us great and wonderful achievements, but we also have to be aware of the consequences of our actions. As Prometheus dared to steal fire from the Gods, we too, try to wield almighty power. The shocking reality is that our humanness does and always will allow our pride to get in the way. The search for redemption and forgiveness must surely follow. The joy is that the promise is truly there for each of us, even the Frankenstein’s.

The Cast Includes: Craig Greusel as Victor Frankenstein, Joe Byrne as the Creature, Katie Witson as Elizabeth, Jared Wagner as Henry, Christine High as Agatha, Kaliegh McFadden as Justine, Kathy O’Brien as Victor’s Mother, Mike Bomdyk as Victor’s Father, Marvin Klein as the Blind Man, Grace Price as William, Kip Jones as Captain Walton, Peter Galuzzo as the Executioner, Carder Price as young Victor.

Chorus includes: Carmen Brookshaw, Judy Daye, Barbara Canton, Kristina Hodgdon, Chris Hubert, William Kortier, Jennifer Price, Rylee Price, Zach Price, Jene Stone, Hanalie Treiber, and Denise Villarreal.

Frankenstein: The Musical will run for one weekend, February 26th, 27th and 28th at the Rose Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood. All performances are at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person at the Marco Island Historical Society Gift Shop, 180 S. Heathwood or Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Cr. They can also be purchased online at www.theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Group discounts are available! To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more, please call the Box Office at 239-394-0080 to make your reservations and receive 10% off on your order.

Press can contact the Island Theater Company office (239) 394-0080 for photos, cast interviews, or any additional information regarding Frankenstein.

 

 

 

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