Forrest Players breathe new life into Frankenstein

Friday, November 1, 2013

By Mickey Smith

Special to the Tribune

The Forrest Players fall production, "Bride: A Tale from the House of Frankenstein," will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Forrest School theatre. The play is written to be a sequel to the classic Gothic horror tale. This time it is Wilhem Frankenstein, the nephew of the infamous Victor,who is delving into matters best left to God. After the loss of his wife, Anna, he becomes obsessed with recreating her. Unfortunately for Wilhelm, his plans start unraveling and soon the bodies start piling up.

The cast includes Austin Elkins as Wilhelm Frankenstein and Dylan Reed as his eager assistant Jurgen. The title character of Liesel is brought to life by Kaitlin Ladd. Wilhelm's concerned castle staff are played by Kaitlin Patin, Henry Watters, and Ari Whaley. The town gossip, Brittany Payne, and her husband, Daniel Lyles, along with their flirtatious friend, Sara Moorehead, try to coax Wilhelm out of his morose state of mind. Daniel Munera plays the local medical university professor and Tyler Waters plays one of the medical students where Wilhelm procures certain materials for his experiments. When events get out of hand the constable, Jonathan Terry, is called in to investigate. On her journey to find out who she is, Liesel meets Sonia, her sister from another life. Throughout the play a mysterious figure played by Emma Butt is seen by the castle staff, but the question is ... who is she?

Director Mickey Smith has been a fan of classic horror films since he was a child, staying up late on Friday nights watching movies like "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman." The writer of this play, Dirk Kuiper, has done an outstanding job of capturing the feel of those old films while still keeping it energetic and engaging.

The Forrest Players would love to help you celebrate Halloween with a tragic romance that leans towards the macabre. Join us Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Forrest School theatre for a play so electrifying it's scary.