Monster comedy comes alive on San Jac Central’s stage

The San Jacinto College Central Campus Department of Theatre and Film will raise its curtain for the debut performance of “Young Frankenstein” Feb. 19. The production is a retelling of Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic comedy film of the same name.

According to the play’s director Ralph Ehntholt, the story is relatively the same, but there are some new features.

“It was a great film that the young people like,” Ehntholt said. “And now they’ve added music to it which adds to the humor of it. It’s a comedy following the classic horror movie style, à la ‘Dracula’, ‘Frankenstein’; the original where there’s nothing grizzly shown, but the sense of danger is always there.”

Sophomore Sandra Meza believes the shows produced by the College’s theater company play a significant role in students’ lives.

“It’s what most societies are based on,” Meza said. “I think there is a lot to learn from theater. A lot of the tragedies relate to people.”

Production on “Young Frankenstein” began last school year with a brainstorming session in late spring of 2013. The designs were due at the end of the year, and the actors were cast at the beginning of this semester.

Even though the weather has proved a problem for production, Ehntholt remains optimistic about the show and assures that the show’s run dates with not be affected.

“We’ve had the freezes… We’ve lost about five nights of rehearsals,” Ehntholt said. “We’re going to end up with a great show no matter what.”

“Young Frankenstein” will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 23 in Slocomb Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday, Feb. 23 matinee. Box office information is available at (281) 476-1828