VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 2-6 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Transylvania seems to be the “Happiest Town in Town” as the musical opens. The villagers are celebrating the death of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, the mad scientist. Even though the villagers become aware that Dr. Frankenstein has a grandson in New York working as a prominent doctor, they are not worried because who would ever come to their small village?
Meanwhile in New York, Fredrick Frankenstein is ashamed of the legacy that surrounds him, so ashamed that when he lectures he insists that his name is pronounced "Fronkensteen" and that he is a scientist not a madman.
Upon hearing of the death of his grandfather and inheriting the family castle, Fredrick has no choice but to travel to Transylvania and resolve the issue. His fiancé, Elizabeth, sees Fredrick off as he leaves New York and is met by Igor, the grandson of Victor’s henchman, when he arrives in Transylvania. It is Igor who struggles to persuade Fredrick to continue in the Frankenstein legacy. As much as Fredrick fights it, it soon becomes clear that he will fulfill the name of Frankenstein and his true legacy. What happens next … well, that’s for the audience to see.
Audiences who remember Brooks' cinematic masterpiece by the same name are sure to love this musical. Laugh along as familiar characters from the film interact with some new characters, sing some songs, dance and tell the story of the young Frankenstein.
Young Frankenstein performs Nov. 20, 21 and Dec. 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets -- $15 adults, $12 senior citizen (62+), $10 K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID -- can be purchased in the afternoons (12 – 5 p.m.) by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/theatre.