Behind the scenes of the high school's 'Young Frankenstein' production

By Angie Hilsman | Apr 23, 2017
Photo by: Angie Hilsman Sophomore Kempton Campbell strangles his peer Kyle Lamontagne as the two take on the roles of Frankenstein and his creator.

The Dartmouth High Theatre Company will perform "Young Frankenstein" this upcoming weekend. The crew met on April 23 to finalize the set, costumes, and choreography.

We chatted with sophomore Kyle Lamontagne, and seniors Abby Rego and Abigail Richard (who play Dr. Frankenstein, Inga, and Igor, respectively) for an inside look of the musical production.

This show is the musical version of the Mel Brooks' 1974 film. For those who aren't familiar with the storyline, could you give a quick synopsis?

Rego: Dr. Frankenstein... his grandfather just died so he has to settle his estate in Transylvania. His grandfather used to make monsters and stuff. He meets Igor and me, and we end up making our own monster, which is Frankenstein.

Lamontagne: [Frankenstein] gets loose, and he runs away. We have to catch him, and my fiancé comes back.

Rego: It's zero to 60.

How does the musical differ from the movie?

Richard: There's a lot more dancing and singing. There's a lot of dance that involved the whole cast. We practiced the choreography for about 10 hours each week.

We're doing the whole thing in black and white, [which includes the set, costumes, and makeup]. We're trying to make it feel similar to the movie so people coming to see it feel the nostalgia.

Kyle, this is your first lead role. How has the experience been?

Lamontagne: It's different to be the lead role and have to take charge. I had to memorize almost the whole play. It's a lot more stress, but it's good stress.

My first musical was "The Little Mermaid," so this is a lot more dancing too.

Abigail, what's it like to play the part of humpbacked sidekick?

Richard: [The hump] is just a plush, like a pillow. It Velcros to my shirt. And just like the movie, the hump will move.

Abby, what was the hardest part for you in becoming Inga?

Rego: I have to yodel. I yodel a lot. We also sit on the table and it lifts all the way in the air. That and the yodeling is stressful.

Why should people come to see this production?

Rego: We're the first ones on the South Coast to do it.

Lamontagne: The songs are really catchy. They put a smile on your face.

Richard: The same punch lines are also in the musical.

The showing will start at 7 p.m. on April 27, 28, and 29, with an additional 1 p.m. matinee on April 29. Head to the high school's auditorium at 555 Bakerville Road.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $42 for a family four-pack. For tickets, call (508) 971-2258. This production is rated PG 13.

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