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‘Young Frankenstein – The Musical’ dinner theater comes to Eagle

Trish Schultheis plays an over-the-top Elizabeth for the Porchlight Players' adaptation of "Young Frankenstein - The Musical," which will be performed at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch two weekends in a row. The first show is slated for tonight.
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If You Go

What: Young Frankenstein – The Musical

Who: The Porchlight Players.

When: Feb. 13-15, Feb. 20-21. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner starts at 6 p.m., curtain is 7 p.m.

Where: Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle Ranch

Cost: $50 per person

Information: Go to porchlightplayers.com to purchase tickets. It’s dinner theater. You get dinner catered by Fork Art Catering of Eagle. Your choice of three entrees, dessert tray served at your table, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks), complimentary coffee and tea service, or perhaps some Ovaltine.

The Porchlight Players

Andrew Arbour: Mr. Hilltop/ Ensemble

Derek Bledsoe: Ziggy

Irish Boston: Ensemble

Kabe Erkenbrack: Hermit

Rodney Johnson: Monster

Kris Keys: Set Design/Tickets

Shelby Keys: Meal Tickets/ Tables

Nancy Lorenzi: Frau Blucher

Kamille McKinney: Inga

Ann Olin: Director

Lance Schober: Frederick

Lisa Schober: Ensemble

Trish Schultheis: Elizabeth

Steve Szindler: Victor

Scott Winnegrad: Igor

Paul Witt: Inspector Kemp

Mel Brooks. You can’t say the name without smiling.

The Porchlight Players are presenting the comedy legend’s “Young Frankenstein – The Musical.” For a five-night run the Porchlight Players will be puttin’ on the Ritz at Eagle’s Brush Creek Pavilion.


You remember Young Frankenstein, and if you don’t, you spent entirely too much of your youth in homework study groups actually studying.

“Young Frankenstein – the Musical” is not your ordinary roll-in-the-hay love story, said Ann Olin, one of the Porchlight Players founding members.

“If you liked the original film version of ‘Young Frankenstein,’ you will recognize a lot of the jokes and double entendres in the musical version,” Olin said.

After the success of 2001’s “The Producers,” Brooks turn his comedic genius to the classic story.

In Brooks’ version starring the Gene Wilder, the story follows a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he travels to Transylvania to oversee the sale of his grandfather’s estate. His relationships with his fiance, a shapely lab assistant, a somewhat odd sidekick, and of course, the monster he creates weave into a complicated and hilarious tale.

“Young Frankenstein – The Musical” ran on Broadway for 484 Broadway performances and a 2009 U.S. tour.

And now it’s here.

“The show is a classic Mel Brooks,” said Trish Schultheis, who has been with the Players for eight years.

She plays Elizabeth, Frederick’s fiance.

“It’s very campy, over-the-top characters, and very silly humor,” Schultheis said.


It’s the fifth straight year the Porchlight Players done a Valentine’s Day production.

“This is our five year anniversary of the February dinner theater, and I am proud to say that I have been involved and performed in each and every show, and every show has been a sellout,” Schultheis said.

The Porchlight Players have been bringing professional-caliber productions to western Eagle County for 10 years.

Thanks to yearly sell-out crowds, the Players have been able to bring 31 productions to the stage, including “Into the Woods,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Full Monty.”

“We have received such enthusiastic support from both town of Eagle and town of Gypsum to bring events like these to the community, and we look forward seeing everyone’s smiling faces when the curtains open,” Olin said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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