Seven student actors will bring “Frankenstein” to the Little Theater stage. Actors say that “Frankenstein” is the darkest play produced from WGHS drama department.
Lead stage manager Lauren Newson, senior, has worked in “Raisin in the Sun” and will also work on the spring musical. Newson said what sets “Frankenstein” apart from “Raisin in The Sun,” is that “Raisin in The Sun” was a very serious drama where as “Frankenstein” is a traditional horror story.
“There are several different versions. There’s the original book with a completely different ending. There’s also no electric bolt with the classic, ‘He’s alive’ line, Newson said giving away little about the play, which will start on Nov 7, 8 and 9.
In the play, Eugene Gardiner, senior, plays the classic character Frankenstein, named “The Creature” in the play. Gardiner also was in WGHS’s Greek mythology and in several one acts.
Gardiner said about his character, “He’s the monster Dr. Frankenstein creates. He’s very troubled, and the world doesn’t really like him, but he tries to do right by the world, but it doesn’t really work.”
Gardiner said that it follows pretty closely with the book but not exactly the movie. He also said it’s a lot like the book in the sense that he can talk.
Over the summer Gardiner had to read “Frankenstein” the book, which he said prepared him for the role. About what he thinks about the play, Gardiner said it’s a drama, very intense and a lot darker than the movie and cartoon. It’s also more serious with a lot of yelling and killing.
Henry Clerval, Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s childhood friend, is played by senior Zack Sullivan. Sullivan described Henry Clerval.
He likes to party, he liked his drinks and to get ‘turnt up’, Cerval is the complete opposite of Victor Frankenstein.
At first, Cerval is carefree, and toward the end, he becomes more and more like Victor Frankenstein.
For Sullivan the audition process was very intense. Sullivan said there were a lot of students, and it was very nerve racking. To prepare, he watched a Frankenstein play, which his character wasn’t even in.
The man who created “The Creature,” Victor Frankenstein is played by senior Duncan Kenzie. Kenzie is an International Thespian Officer, Region 2 representative. Kenzie said Victor is a scientist who struggles a lot with responsibility. He has a whole thing with the God complex and also has difficulty with right and wrong, said Kenzie.
“This play is for those people who love to just zone out and be on their toes,” said Newson.