Frankenstein gets Literal at Little Theatre

Posted On 10/17/2012 20:17:47 by Grapevine_Spotlight

Frankenstein gets Literal at The Little Theatre

by Tony Miller,

Grapevine Staff


(L to R) Jonathan Clow as Henry Clerval, Scott Mock as Victor Frankenstein, and Summer Hill Seven as The Creature (laying down on the table.)


"Frankenstein" is a classic novel by Mary Shelley. A classic novel that I was never required to read in school.  My recollections of "Frankenstein" consist of bad black & white films starring Boris Karloff or Abbott & Costello, certain Scooby Doo episodes and, of course, a Mel Brooks movie with Gene Wilder.


After the success of the literal film version of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" in theaters. Hollywood decided to make a more literal version of "Frankenstein" starring Robert Deniro as "The Monster." It flopped. I never saw it.


Needless to say, the play version presented by Tallahassee's Little Theatre, adapted by Victor Gialanella and directed by Joel Daavid, takes some poetic license with the original manuscript, but stays closer to it than most adaptations we have seen.


I had the pleasure of attending a performance this past weekend (it runs every weekend through October 28th) with my family - just in time for Halloween.


The set pieces are remarkable - as we start in the ruins of Victor Frankenstein's mansion as his father, played by Phillip Martinez, finds Victor's journal. He begins to read the tragic tale as the set transforms back in time to the days before the "Creature."

Phillip Martinez as Alphonse Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein's father.


Victor Frankenstein (Scott Mock) had a happy personal life. Engaged to be married to the beautiful Elizabeth (Justine D'Addio) and surrouned by family and friends, he seems to have a great life.  But he is obsessed with his work - he believes he can reanimate a human being after his death.


Recruiting his friend Henry (Jonathan Clow) to assist him, Victor succeeds in his quest. The Creature is played by the larger than life Summer Hill Seven. I am not going to give you much more information on him because I want you to see the play...


Tainted by Hollywood and having never read the book, I was surprised to see that The Creature ends up being able to speak and read.  I could only recollect grunts and groans and the occasional "Puttin' on the Ritz" moan.  Turns out, in the original novel, The Creature does learn to speak and read and can interact with the people. But his girth and deformity scare people away and thus begins his hatred for mankind.


You have two more weekends to see the performance and to meet the Monster.  The shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm with 2pm matinees on Sundays.



Tallahassee Little Theatre never ceases to amaze me with their wonderful performances, sets, costumes, lighting and material.


Every play I see seems to have a different cast, which reminds me that Tallahassee has a pool of talented people to choose from.


In my group, we had ages 13 through 73, and they all completely enjoyed the play - the teenagers even went so far to save their ticket stub and program to file it away as a memory.


Make a memory today with your family and friends, make plans to see Frankenstein or any of the upcoming Little Theatre productions.



Season Tickets are available (and highly recommended) at the Box Office or by calling (850) 224-8474. You can also visit their website at for more updates and information.




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