Young Frankenstein is making it’s debut at Porterville’s very own Barn Theater, and guests are in for an electrfting show.

As usual in the old days, nephew Frederick Frankenstein inherits the estate of the cantankerous and infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, played by Aaron Nucum. Frederick, himself, played by Jason Porter, is no pristine character, and is also a bit of a “crack-pot.” He follows in his uncle’s footsteps and brings a “creature” to life, and all kinds of antics start happening, at home and in the Transylvanian village.

In the meantime, Frederick’s fianceé Elizabeth, played by Kathrynne Wills, is on her way surprise Frederick with a visit.

Asharon Morales, who plays The Creature, does an amazing job with a difficult part. 

Igor, played by Todd Mathenia, is the indomitable side-kick and hanger-on, and Inga, played by Kristin Redford, is a great supporting character. Barbra Black, who has been cast as Frau Blucher, does a wonderful job with her character.

There is singing and dancing, along with a bit of naughty language and sexual situations, so adults are advised this might not be appropriate for little ones.

Young Frankenstein is based on the screen sensation with Gene Wilder, which was written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks in the early 1970’s. Barn Theater Director Charles Hickinbotham and crew have added a touch of their own extra theatrical flair to the show for everyone’s enjoyment.

They’ve put together a tremendously fun and funny play with spectacular music. You won’t want to miss Young Frankenstein. The cast of both veteran Barn actors and new actors helps make the play a tremendous hit for both seasoned and new audiences.

Assistant Director Melanie Tyler has done an incredible job, and the play is full of entertainment as well as “a little bit of soul searching” for a contemporary audience regarding “acceptable humor”and satire from over 40 years ago.

Hickinbotham said, “The actors are doing a phenomenal job. It’s been a difficult and technical show and they’ve all shown such dedication.”

Denise Everhart and Kim Day have done a masterful job of creating costumes, and the dancing a choreography created by Kallysta Tyler and Tori Moore is exceptional. Kate Smith has done a great job with the shows production, on top of being the stage manager. The hair and make-up effects are fabulous, especially the prosthetics used for the “monster” which have been created by McKenna Allison and Carissa Marquez.

“This has been my first on stage full blown musical comedy,” said Nucum. “And just getting the dancing down was big for me. We have the greatest choreographers, Kallysta Tyler and Tori Moore. This is also such a new role for me. A mad scientist, instead of a leading man or pseudo -villian type. I’ve never been in an in-your-face role. It’s completely new and exhilarating.”

Ambree Bough, who plays a Translyvanian villager, and is also one of the ensemble cast, said the show was more difficult than anything she’d been in before, because of all the dancing and exacting choreography. 

“There’s an awful lot of it,” said Bough. “But the show is going to be great because of all the people who are in it, as well as producing and directing it.”

The backstage, lighting and sound crews have done a superb job, and the set is great. This is just what you’d expect from the Barn Theater’s high standards.

Young Frankenstein opens on Friday, September 6, at 7 p.m. at the Barn Theater located at the corner of Plano Street and Olive Avenue. 

Performances will run Fridays and Saturdays, from September 6 to September 21, beginning at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees awill run September 8 to September 22 beginning at 2 p.m.

A special Sunday matinee brunch will be September 15 at 12:30 p.m. Brunch reservations are required by Wednesday, September 11. The cost of the brunch is $20 per person.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for kids under 11.

For ticket and brunch reservations call (559) 310-7046 or visit

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