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SRO’s “Young Frankenstein the Musical” dazzles Yelm stage –
A Review


Courtesy: Standing Room Only Theater Group


Standing Room Only (SRO) Presents: Young Frankenstein the Musical in Yelm!
From the brains behind The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage.

Yelm’s feature of this musical comedy hit the mark with a talented cast, terrific choreography, and amazing use of sets and props in such a confined area. The interplay of the set and stage crew was precise and seamless. I attended the Friday, November 3rd performance, my first opportunity to catch this show, arriving to a filled parking lot and virtually full house. That was grand to see, though even more observed were that so many patrons were noticeably not from Yelm, rather surrounding communities. What a fantastic way to showcase the skills of our area thespians!


– A brief summary of the show’s talent
There were two show-stopper performances that really were major stand-outs: GW Taylor as Hermit, and Jesse Geray as Igor. Taylor is a seasoned favorite and Geray just gets better and better with each performance. You could hear a pin drop in the house as the audience was mesmerized with Taylor’s singing performances. Geray’s depth of his skill-set was perfectly demonstrated in the multi-faceted character of Igor. Yet Ian Montgomery as Frederick Frankenstein was absolutely sterling in this main character’s role, with his diversity as a singer, dancer, and excellent acting shining on-stage. I find wonderful to see him as another male lead emerging as strong as Dave Champagne, Daniel Wyman, and Kevin McManus on the Yelm stage, he’s that good. Another performer who sizzled in her role of Elizabeth Benning was Hannah Longshore, nailing this character’s unique characteristics accompanied by her strong singing. So grand to see Nancy Tribush Hillman sparkle in being back on Yelm’s stage, along with Yelm favs Dave Champagne and Kevin McManus (who always expands his skills in whatever role he undertakes). Kurt Loertscher was perfectly cast as The Monster. The surprise performance of this evening was from understudy Samara Morey in the role of Inga. She replaced Dahlia Young this evening and was able to demonstrate her wide range of acting and singing capabilities, which I trust will be utilized more in coming performances. She was stellar in the strength of her work amidst very strong performers. And last, I want to give special acknowledgement to Director Daniel Wyman for his fine work on a very technical show. He has crafted a superb team and performances, deserving of many accolades, who directed Monty Python’s Spamalot for SRO last fall and with acting roles as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest and Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men. As Wyman so aptly stated in the program, the local family names of Burke, Champagne, Young, and Keeslar among many others rounding-out this fine ensemble of actors and crew.

Wyman told Alec Clayton for Oly Arts, “While we might not be able to match the massive sets that audiences would experience in Seattle or New York, bringing a show like this into our smaller and more intimate venue will give audiences an entirely new look at the material. The subtle nuances in an actor’s performance, that might be lost in a larger production, resonate in such a space, and audiences have a chance to experience the production as though they are a part of it.”


– A few fun facts from Yelm’s “Young Frankenstein”
* Runs this weekend and next,
* Reviewed and acclaimed by Alec Clayton (Oly Arts) and Christian Carvajal (The Weekly Volcano).
* Sold out the opening night – first time in a decade.
* Pre-sales outsold “Spamalot” by 3 times.
* Most technically challenging show SRO ever attempted.
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Standing Room Only Presents: Young Frankenstein the Musical
Directed by: Daniel Wyman
Musical Director: Carol Banach
Choreographer: Andrea Levanti & Sarah Burke
Production Designer: Dawn Young
Producer: Dave Champagne
Executive Producer: Rich Frias

– Show Location
The Triad Theater
102 E. Yelm Ave
Yelm WA 98597

– SHOW TIMES & DATES:
Nov 4th (Sat) 7:30 pm
Nov 5th (Sun) 3pm

Nov 10th (Fri) 7:30 pm
Nov 11th (Sat) 7:30 pm VETERANS DAY SPECIAL ½ off all Military (Active & Veteran) & Families
Nov 12th (Sun) 3pm

– PRICES:
$25 – Regular Price
$20 – Military, Seniors, and Students
$17 – Group Rate (10 or more)
Click here to buy tickets.

Posted by Steve on November 4, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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