With a little help from friends, Loyola Blakefield brings 'Frankenstein' to life

  • Notre Dame Preparatory School's Nancy Padden, left, 17, and Loyola Blakefield's Nigel Goldsborough, 15, perform in "Frankenstein" at Loyola Blakefield in Towson. The two were part of a preview performance on Oct. 25. The show officially opened Oct. 26.
Notre Dame Preparatory School's Nancy Padden, left,… (Staff photo by Jen Rynda )
October 31, 2012

The talents of students from three local schools will be on stage beginning this evening, Friday, Oct. 26, when the Loyola Blakefield Players present its fall drama, "Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus," the classic tale of horror about a scientist who re-animates a corpse.

The story was originally published in 1818, and has had numerous screen and stage re-creations. It was was modified for the stage by Victor Gialanella from the novel by Mary Shelley.

The Loyola Blakefield production stars senior Tim Neil as scientist Victor Frankenstein, and freshman Nigel Goldsborough as The Creature.

But the all-boys Loyola Blakefield needed a little help, so the cast also includes students from Notre Dame Preparatory and Maryvale Preparatory schools filling several female roles.

Loyola Blakefield theater instructor Chris Garretson said the production is one of the most complicated he's been a part of, with numerous technical effects that have to be timed just right to pull off the frightful impact.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the cast and crew offered a preview performance to an auditorium of local younger students, and then hosted a question-and-answer session after the show. (See photo gallery for images from the performance.)

"Frankenstein" will be presented in the Mary G. Creaghan Library on the Loyola Blakefield Campus, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson, on on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 2 and 3, 7 p.m. each night, with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with ID.

For more information call The Loyola Blakefield Players at 443-841-3224.

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