Frederick Frankenstein played by Alex Mashikian discovers how to bring back dead tissue to life. The musical theatre production written by Mel Brooks, Young Frankensten was performed at the Sexson Auditorium that was Directed by Whitney Rydbeck on Thursday February 26, 2015. (Daniel Valencia/Courier)
Frederick Frankenstein played by Alex Mashikian discovers how to bring back dead tissue to life. The musical theatre production written by Mel Brooks, Young Frankensten was performed at the Sexson Auditorium that was Directed by Whitney Rydbeck on Thursday February 26, 2015. (Daniel Valencia/Courier)wrenched his arm and it made a ratchet cranking sound to match. It was plain to see that his arm had been replaced by a mechanical one.

Inspector Kemp wrenched his arm and it made a ratchet cranking sound to match. It was plain to see that his arm had been replaced by a mechanical one.

“It cost me an arm and a leg,” he said.

“Which cost more? The arm or the leg?” asked a villager.

“We need a new village idiot!” Kemp said in response.

Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” opened on the Sexson Auditorium stage at Pasadena City College on Friday, Feb. 27 with great success.

Walking into the auditorium, it was very plain to see that that the show was a college level production. No one was attempting to hide the fact. However, once the curtains opened, the audience was instantly transported into another world on a completely different level than one might expect from students.

There was very little to be found in what could go wrong during a production. What little existed was easy to forgive or look past with the sheer level of talent and hard work that was obviously poured into the show.

It was a pleasant surprise to be in awe by the pure melodic voices that were produced by these students. Every note, high or low, was not only hit but sung beautifully by each leading cast member. Not only were they fantastic vocalists, but their characters shined through, both during and out of song.

If the singing wasn’t enough to pull a Broadway musical together, the way these young future stars worked with one another in between songs was superb. The cast picked up cues in near perfect time, almost none of the jokes were lost in translation and the humor was spot on. The level of camaraderie between cast members brought the characters to life in a whole new way.

The leading cast was able to take characters that have been iconically ingrained in audiences minds all around the world by stars the like of Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle and breathe just enough new life into the roles as their own while staying true to the script.

With sets as minimalistic yet beautiful like these, singing and dance numbers you can tap your foot to and the brilliance of Mel Brooks comedy come to life, it is difficult to tell the difference between this production and one that would be staged in New York.

Students who are fans of the movie, the musical, or both will surely leave this production being a fan of it.

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