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Butler thespians perform classic story, with a twist

 


 

EL DORADO – Butler Community College’s Theatre Department is performing
“Frankenstein: A New Musical,” a musical version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel of the same
name. For this musical, the novel was reimagined with music by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by
Jeffery Jackson and story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen. This dark musical is a tragic story of
romance, tension and lost humanity.

“There are definitely some parts that will make you cry,” said John Lind, 19, who plays The
Creature in the upcoming production. “I think the change in Victor Frankenstein’s character is
devastating. Throughout the musical, Frankenstein knows what he is striving for, but he begins
to break down when he sees the monster he has become.”
Butler’s production of “Frankenstein: A New Musical” is directed by theatre professor Samuel
Sparks. Music professor Matthew Udland serves as the music director. The Technical Director
and Lighting Designer of the production is professor of theatre and speech, Bernie Wonsettler.
The musical is being choreographed by dance faculty member Gigi Gans.

Caden Middlebrooks of Maize stars as Victor Frankenstein. Elizabeth Lavenza, Victor’s fiancée,
is played by Kalene Blanton of Benton. Lind, the 6’6” sophomore from Marion, will portray The
Creature.
Tickets: Purchase tickets from 1-5 p.m. at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Building or call
316.322.3262 or go online at www.butlercc.edu/boxoffice.
Price: $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Butler students get in free with Butler ID.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18
Location: Fine Arts Building, College Theatre, Butler Community College, El Dorado campus
Other cast members include:

Arkansas City:
Emily Flickinger

Atwood:
Sofia Hampton

Andover:
Levon Mathis

Benton:
Kalene Blanton

El Dorado:
Seth Knowles
Abby Staats
Chandler Moore

Emporia:
Sophie Watkins

Fort Riley:
Dustin Jones

Goddard:
Lillian McLeod
Marion:
John Lind

Maize:
Caden Middlebrooks
Matt Neises

Wichita:
Derek Alcorn
Valorie Falo
Rose Bogner
Emily Hall
Tessa Seybert
Abigail Hail

 


 

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