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‘Kid Frankenstein’ is 25th annual children’s theater production Friday
Production casts 22 Great Bend youth
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The cast of “Kid Frankenstein,” happening at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Great Bend High School auditorium, includes 22 Great Bend youth ages 6-16. The production is free and open to the public. - photo by Veronica Coons

Wednesday afternoon, something other-worldly occurred at the Great Bend Activity Center. Costumes, makeup, sets and sound effects were put to use as director Paul Martin and his assistants Tammy Bell and Pat Doll walked the 22 young participants in the 25th annual youth summer theater production block and rehearse scenes for their presentation of “Kid Frankenstein,” by Kathryn Schultz Miller, happening Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. The production is open to the public and admission is free. The doors to the Auditorium open at 6:30 p.m. for the public.

In a nutshell, the premise of the play is Frankenstein modernized and revisited. 

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Dress rehearsal for “Kid Frankenstein” was held Wednesday afternoon at the Great Bend Rec Activity Center, Director Paul Martin walks cast members Quintin Buzard, Rhys Froetschner and Alyvia Mingenback through blocking out a critical early scene. - photo by Veronica Coons

According to the play summary, Frankie, played by Quintin Buzard, needs a new brain for his new monster. Irving (Rhys Froetschner), AKA“Igor”, and Helga (Alyvia Mingenback) sneak into the science lab to grab a monkey brain but it gets mixed up with the brain of little “Fluffy”, a sweet puppy dog. Hilarity ensues as Frankie and his team present a surprising monster to the Science Fair. Join the cast as the friends are whisked into a sci-fi fantasy of time-warped, weirdly scary and lively adventure. The cast of 22 children, ages 6 – 16, has been practicing for five weeks under the direction of Paul Martin and assistants Tammy Bell and Pat Doll. Many of the children have performed in previous productions for the Recreation Commission, Martin said.

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Mrs. Newton,a science teacher (Kaitlynn Froetschner), listens as Mrs. Magillacutty (Madalyn Bonine) shares some surprising information. To find out what they’re talking about, the public is invited to the 25th annual children’s theater production sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission this Friday. - photo by Veronica Coons

This year’s entire cast of performers are: Madalyn Bonine, Slayde Apley, Adoray Atteberry, Isaac Avila, Ella Buzard, Quintin Buzard, Keira Cell, Kaitlyn Froetschner, Rhys Froetschner, Quinton Heath, Carter Kaus, Kloie Kepka, Jeslyn Klepper, Vivian Klepper, MacKenzie LaViolette, Gavvynn Maddox, Mylee Maddox, Kaylea McMullen, Braylee Meeks, Alyvia Mingenback, Avalynne Parr and Brooklyn Reynolds. 

For more information on this production, contact the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 110.