'Berg students unite with Ritz players for Young Frankenstein

Oct 28, 2013

Heidelberg students are teaming up with Tiffin community members to perform Young Frankenstein at the Ritz Theatre. Opening on Halloween night, the show is a comical rendition of the Frankenstein story generations later.

Senior psychology major Kate Hough works on and off the stage. In addition to being an ensemble member, Kate is a costumer for the Heidelberg theatre program and has enjoyed the teamwork with the Ritz. “Working with the Ritz Theatre allows us to expand what we do,” said Kate. “I’ve learned a lot about make-up techniques and prosthetics.”

Kate also had the opportunity gain experience by working with a Toledo based costume company for this show. She worked on a costume plot and traveled to Toledo to work directly with the company. “This production introduces us to the professional world of theatre,” she said.

Though senior public relations major AJ Lacefield has performed in many Heidelberg productions, it is his first time in the Ritz. “This is a high quality show,” he said. “It’s exciting.” AJ is a principle dancer and ensemble member and he has enjoyed working with Tiffin community members. “It’s been a good learning experience working with the Ritz professionals,” he said.

Young Frankenstein is the first musical senior music major Elle Dutton has performed in. She the lead role of Inga the German lab assistant and has enjoyed being a part of this experience. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the big picture come together,” Elle said. “The costumes, sets, the orchestra, it should be great.”

All students have had different experiences with the show, but there’s one thing they all mentioned as the best part. It’s a funny show. “It’s a very funny musical,” said AJ. “There’s lots of adult humor in here.”

The show runs Thursday through Saturday with a matinee on Sunday. Come out to hear songs like Transylvania Mania, Happiest Town in Town, Roll in the Hay, and Please Don’t Touch Me. “If you’ve seen the movie you get to see all your favorite scenes and more,” said Kate. “If you haven’t, get ready to laugh all night.”