Comedia Musica announces cast

Casting has been announced for the Fort Dodge production of Mel Brooks’ musical comedy “Young Frankenstein.” Presented by Comedia Musica Players, “Young Frankenstein” is based on the 1974 film. It ran on Broadway from 2007-2009, gathering nominations for three Tony awards and a Grammy award for Best Musical Show Album.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, the reluctant heir to the Frankenstein legacy, will be played by Comedia newcomer Jordan LeClere. Leaving behind his fiancee Elizabeth Benning, played by Alyssa Sparks, Frankenstein travels to his grandfather’s castle. He is welcomed to Transylvania by hunchback Igor, played by Buzz Powers. Igor tries to convince Frederick to continue in his grandfather’s footsteps and hires the services of a laboratory assistant named Inga, played by Amy Porter.

The three are welcomed to the castle by Frau Blucher, the mysterious housekeeper, performed by Ann Powers.

Rounding out the cast is Sean O’Connor, double cast as Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein and the Hermit; Joe Sutter as Inspector Kemp; Dr. Richard Votta as Ziggy the village idiot; and of course the Monster, portrayed by Dynastacius “Dragon” Collins.

The cast is supported by a chorus of villagers, mad scientists and more. There is still time to join the production as a chorus member. Call 408-3152 for more information.

The creative team for this production of consists of Show Director Michael Shoopman, Music Director Bruce Perry and Choreographer Rachel Bell.

“Young Frankenstein” will be performed at Decker Auditorium Nov. 7 through 9. Tickets will go on sale in early October.

“Young Frankenstein will be a wild journey into the mad hilarity of [writer Mel] Brooks’ mind. Our intention is to bring this to life in every tilted, electrically charged manner possible,” Shoopman said. “Buckle up kiddies – it’s going to get bumpy.”

Amy Porter, president of Comedia Musica Players, said “Rehearsals have begun and I can already say that this will be a show you will not want to miss. The talent involved is incredible and you will not be able to keep a straight face during the performance.”

Comedia Musica Players was founded in 1968 by Larry Mitchell and Scott Griffith. This will be their 46th annual musical theater production.