A performance cancellation is expected as the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown will begin renovating its stage.
Holly Weston, LBLT Board Chair, shared information about the theater’s future via the theater’s Facebook page.
“After a recent building inspection, the Board of Directors have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our October production of ‘Young Frankenstein’. This is a necessity at this time as our stage floor structure has been considered dangerous for a stage production”, Weston said.
Weston noted that the current stage floor was installed about 40 years ago and had a life expectancy of about 20 years. She said the board recognizes that the safety of the cast, dancers and stage crew is very important, so this is an expected enhancement to the theater’s creative space.
“We look forward to replacing this somewhat bumpy and uneven stage with a safe surface for actors and dancers, while allowing sets to be moved more easily during scene changes,” Weston added.
According to lucilleballlittletheatre.org, Mel Brooks adapted his film into a stage creation – “Young Frankenstein.” Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Fronk-en-steen) inherited his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced Eye-gore), and a lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the shoes of the mad scientist of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims, bringing to life a creature that rivals that of his grandfather. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and the hilarity continually abounds.
The production was scheduled to play on October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.
“I personally look forward to teaching dance and choreography on this new stage in the near future,” Weston noted.