The starring cast of Young Frankenstein at Northern Star Theatre Company. Pictured above, starting left and going clockwise, are Kelsey Dutter, Chris McCurdy, Michelle Balk, Kayla Bayer and Christopher Orson. At center is John Lloyd.


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“It’s alive!” Northern Star Theatre brings the musical “Young Frankenstein” to life on stage Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8–11 and Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 14–18.

“Young Frankenstein” is based on the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy film, which is an affectionate parody of the classic 1930s horror film.

John Lloyd leads the cast as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, with Christopher Orson as Igor, Kayla Bayer as Inga, Michelle Balk as Frau Blucher and Kelsey Dutter as Elizabeth. The cast is rounded out with the talents of Brandon Brown as Inspector Kemp, Dick Reiten as the Blind Hermit, Paul Baribeau as Ziggy, The Village Idiot and Skye Fairbanks, Gavin Orson, Grace Schara and Maya Hanby as supporting cast.

The show is directed by Amy Myers with vocal direction by Tony Matusewic.

The plot sees Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma; does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past, or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?

Myers said the cast has embraced both the humor and the music of the show.

"I don't know that I have ever laughed this much in rehearsal for anything in my life! I look forward to going to rehearsal every night to see what craziness we will create,” Myers said. “Our audiences are so lucky that we have such talented people in our community who are willing to put themselves out there to bring a show like this to the stage.

“To be a part of a production like this actors have to be willing to take and be willing to bring their own creative ideas to every rehearsal. This show has been a great collaborative effort,” she added.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students 13–18. This show is rated PG-13. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 715-736-4444.

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