For the past two months the cast has been learning lines and practicing their roles for Middlesboro Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Frankenstein. Their dedication and hard work will come to fruition on next week’s opening night.
This Halloween themed play is inspired by the classic novel written by Mary Shelley and adapted for the stage by Tim Kelly. Stage manager Stephanie Gibson described the play as the aftermath of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s greatest and most terrible achievement-the creation of his Creature. The doctor must now face the consequences of his actions including murder, mayhem and grave robbery.
Two of the leading actors, Clayton Baker who was cast as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Jonathan Spires who plays the Creature, have shined in their roles since auditions. “(They) gave an electric performance. They were so good, even on a cold read, everyone else in the room burst into spontaneous applause,” said play director Amy Simpson.
Other actors and actresses include Chloe McMurray as Sophie, James Spires as Ernst Hessler, Kennady Ray as Elizabeth, Courtney Hooker as Henry Clerval, Judy Cox as Frau Frankenstein and Haleigh Banks as Justine.
Opening week will begin with special performances for several area school systems as well as Middleboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
“Theatre is a collaborative art, one that can bring communities together. That is my ultimate goal as director of MLT,” said Simpson.
The play will run from Oct. 16 to 20 at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets can be purchased for $10 and senior or student tickets are $6. This play is not recommended for children under middle school age due to the nature of the content.
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