Drama Devils put on monstrous show

Siblings Shelley and Victor Frankenstein (played by real-life siblings Savanna and Porter Hatch) try to fit into their new American high school during Evanston High School’s fall production. (HERALD PHOTO/Sheila McGuire)

EVANSTON — The Evanston High School Drama Devils continued a tradition of monstrous fall productions last week when the teen players took to the stage with “The Frankensteins are Back in Town,” a comedy by Tim Kelly.

The year is 1983 and two new students at Withering Heights High — a typical American high school — are causing quite a scene. Siblings Victor and Shelley Frankenstein certainly don’t look, or act, like average students. They have an odd habit of quoting television commercials at random times and their protector, Igor, certainly spends a lot of time crawling around on all fours and looking downright frightening.

As the two strange siblings learn to navigate American high school, the rumor mill begins to swirl that the pair aren’t human. School reporter Silvia thinks she’s on to a major story and school bully Bozo Barnes is organizing a mob to come after the Frankensteins with old school torches and pitchforks.

As would be expected with a lighthearted comedy, everything turns out fine in the end, following a number of misunderstandings and the admission that Victor and Shelley are, in fact, the descendants of Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, just trying to make their way in the world.

Directed by Erin Russell, the production featured an extensive cast and crew of talented youngsters who were obviously having a great time bringing the fall show to the stage.

For those who missed out on the fall production, upcoming scheduled theatrical performances include a scene showcase by Introduction to Acting students on Nov. 2 and a showcase of the scenes students are presenting at the State Thespian competition Dec. 7-8. The annual dinner theater, always a delight, is set for Feb. 2-4 and 9-11, 2022. The annual spring musical will grace the stage May 5-7 and audiences can enjoy student-directed one-act plays at the end of the school year May 23-24.

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