Audiences of all ages are invited to watch how Dr. Frankenstein literally turns over a spooky new leaf, only to have it disappear, in Tecumseh High School’s (THS) 2017 fall production of “The Spooktacular Mystery at Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory” written by Stephen Frankenfield and Kristian Kissel.
According to the play’s synopsis: after the ‘monster incident,’ Dr. Frankenstein has given up creating monsters with dead body parts. Instead, Frankenstein sets her sights on a new creation: a giant plant she hopes will win first place at the Transylvania County Fair Green Thumb Gardening Contest. But before Dr. Frankenstein can unveil her prized plant, it spooktacularly disappears from her laboratory. Suspects include the invisible woman, a werewolf pizza delivery girl, a witch disguised as a detective, and even Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor.
Veteran director and THS English and Journalism teacher, Michelle Peters, says she chose this particular play because of its broad audience appeal, “(This) play is for a young audience, which is something we’ve never done before. (The) performance will also be the week of Halloween, which is perfect timing.”
Peters explains that staging “The Spooktacular Mystery at Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory” continues THS’ fun tradition of bringing comedies to fall audiences.
“In the nine years I’ve directed the fall play, the majority of shows have been comedies because I am quite fond of them. It makes actors feel good to deliver a punch line and hear laughter from the audience...My very first show at THS was ‘Steel Magnolias.’ We had a wonderfully talented cast, and I cried nearly every day because the subject matter was so moving; but laughing, I must say, is more fun…”
Seniors, Julia Jones (Dr. Frankenstein) and Cole Angstadt (Igor) lead a cast that includes Juniors, Anna Hoover (Werewolf Girl), Isabelle Prenatt (Invisible Woman), and Sydney Lamb (Witch). Peters says the cast members are really enjoying the challenging task of taking on such ghoulish character roles and bringing them to life.
Showtimes for “The Spooktacular Mystery at Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory” are 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 & 4. Tickets are $5, admission is free for children age 10 and under.