‘Young Frankenstein’ plays in Spring Lake Park

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Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

Spring Lake Park High School students welcome audiences to Transylvania April 21-30 with their rendition of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

Elijah Plaep plays Frederick Frankenstein, and Cecelia Eidsvoog plays Elizabeth Benning, Frederick’s fiancee. Photo submitted
Elijah Plaep plays Frederick Frankenstein, and Cecelia Eidsvoog plays Elizabeth Benning, Frederick’s fiancee. Photo submitted

The stage musical, based on the 1974 film, follows Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. At first, he tries to distance himself from his family’s reputation, even pronouncing his name differently. But he is soon swept up by his grandfather’s research and creates a monster of his own.

“This is a wonderful show with lots of great humor, songs, dances and more humor,” director Kevin Dutcher said.

Much of the humor is adult humor that Dutcher has modified to keep the show appropriate for high school audiences.

“We are taking out all (of) what I refer to as ‘single entendres,’ which I describe as jokes that leave no room for interpretation, while leaving in the ‘double’ ones,” Dutcher said.

About 80 students are involved in the production in some capacity and are working to bring the characters to life.

A steampunk design, one featuring anachronistic technology, will bring audiences into a “Mad Max”-esque world, according to Dutcher. “It will give audiences a lot to look at in addition to all of the wonderful theatrical elements.”

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. April 21, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. April 22 and 30.

Tickets are available at www.springlakeparkschools.org; they are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and staff.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door for an additional dollar.

Spring Lake Park High School is located at 1100 81st Ave. NE, Spring Lake Park.

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