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USD Theatre Presents Mel Brooks' Hilarious Musical Thriller 'Young Frankenstein'

Image Young Frankenstein Braeden Garrett as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Jackie Webb as Inga and Nick Manthe as Igor (background) in 'Young Frankenstein'

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


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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