A new version of a horror classic will kick off the 2013-14 season for the Sherman Community Players. Frankenstein 1930, taken from Mary Shelley’s book and adapted for the stage by Fred Carmichael, will be performed on the SCP Main Stage from Oct. 11 through 27. A free preview performance of the chilling tale will be given this Friday at the Sherman Museum during the ribbon cutting festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. for the opening of the SCP’s museum exhibit, “The Show Goes On!”
The cast was selected from more than 30 local residents who auditioned for the dramatic production. Leading the cast are two Austin College theater majors, Ryan Stoll as the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein and Sarah Wilhelm as his concerned fiancée, Elizabeth. Carrying out the role of the “creature” is Ed Richardson and serving as Victor’s assistant, Gorgo, is Jayk Martin, who recently graduated from Denison High School where he was active in the theater program. Rounding out the ensemble of players are: Paul Jordan as Dr. Hellstrom; Jared Tredway as Henry; Rebecca Smith as Aunt Frederica; Jeff Hermann and Gil Nelson as the grave diggers and concerned citizens of the small Austrian village; Deborah Barrax as a mourning mother; and Daria Hauber, Faith Scheibmeir, Sophia Hermann, Larry Winters, Jerry Barrax and Chuck Niemann.
“We have a great cast for this show and we are already well underway with rehearsals,” says Anthony Nelson, SCP artistic director. “Not only do we have an extremely talented cast, but the crew for the show is top notch.”
Pam Sanza is returning to stage manage the production, along with Lacey Wesson and Heidi Yoder. Mike and Lucina Hauber, along with John Nikirk, Brad Jordan and Greg Ashby, are designing and building Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory.
“We plan to raise the creature into the rafts in order to bring him to life. This ought to be a pretty thrilling experience for the audience and the cast too,” says Nelson.
In addition to preparing for the new season on the main stage, SCP has a variety of other events coming up within the next few weeks.
“There’s a lot happening at SCP. Not only are we adding another performance of Theatrick’s production of “Tarzan” this Thursday night, but with the museum exhibit opening this Friday and an special encore performance on Sept. 21 of “I’m Herbert” starring Nancy Cassady and Dick Malnory in celebration of the Sherman Arts Festival. There is never a dull moment here at the theater,” says Nelson.
For information on SCP main stage, the Theatricks program, performances, season tickets, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.scptheater.org or call 903-893-8525.