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By Ken Begley

There’s something about October that makes it just right for tales about the supernatural, the unexplained and things that go “bump” in the night. It makes you pull the covers over your head, check under the bed and double-check all your locks on the doors around the house when the moon is full and the wind is coldly blowing.

Still, everybody loves a good story that sends a few shivers down your back and make your neck hairs stand up.

The Central Kentucky Community Theatre has a great two-act play coming to town with an adaptation of Frankenstein by author Tim Kelly that is just in time for Halloween.

In the play, “Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant young scientist, returns to his Swiss chateau to escape a terrible pursuer. No one can shake free the dark secret that terrifies him: not his mother, nor his fiancée, nor his best friend.

Even the pleading of a gypsy girl accused of murdering Victor’s younger brother falls on deaf ears, for Victor has bought into being a creature made from pieces of the dead. The creature tracks Victor to his sanctuary to demand a bride to share its loneliness. Against his better judgment, Victor agrees and soon the household is invaded by murder, despair and terror!”

This play has a great cast of highly experienced local individuals that will make it a well-remembered hit.

The play is directed by and stars Eric Diersing as Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
Eric has a very long background in theater, beginning as a youth in grade school and high school as a member of Louisville’s Youth of the Performing Arts. He later attended some college where he majored in drama and performed a couple of seasons with the outdoor theater group “Unto These Hills” in Cherokee, N.C. He has topped that off with some 21 years in community theater.

Eric is a likeable guy with a “Dick Van Dyke” quality about him that he brings to the stage each time he performs. He was highly successful as the lead of “Man of La Mancha” when it was last performed at the Opera House.

Another long-time performer is Dr. Mickey Anderson of Bardstown, who will be Frankenstein’s monster for this play. Mickey likewise has performing in his blood that seems to have taken root when he was in high school and performing in a rock-n-roll band, later a rhythm and blues band and now acting in community theater groups. Mickey said tongue-in-cheek that the best part of performing on stage is “you can legally express behaviors in pubic that you can’t otherwise.” His favorite part has been as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Then you have Dr. Delwyn Loughney of the Springfield Chiropractic Center playing Police Inspector General Ernst. Delwyn is a very well-traveled individual and also lettered in drama while in school. His father directed plays, so the theater seems to come to him natually.

Rose Lee Funk of Lebanon is back playing Victor Frankenstein’s fiancée. Rose Lee was the lead recently in her first play, “Honky Tonk Angels,” at the Opera House. She did an excellent job that I remember well with a voice and comic ability that reminded me of Dolly Parton.

Lucinda Effner and Michele Riley will be playing Sophie the housekeeper and Dr. Frankenstein’s mother, respectively. Lucinda and Michele have been in numerous plays at the Opera House and are two of my favorite players. Lucinda’s “Always Patsy Cline” production is one of the best. They can say more with a raised eyebrow and a double-take than I can in a thousand words.

Up-and-coming high school student Gwendolyn Campbell is the youngest cast member of the play but is no newcomer to acting. She has been performing for years now in the youth acting group and has been tapped to work up with the main stage actors, which always consists of adults. She’s an old pro at a young age and will be playing Justine, the gypsy girl.

Lastly, we have Bryan Bishop playing Dr. Frankenstein’s friend, Henry. I didn’t get to meet Bryan, but I’m sure with this very experienced cast you will have a great show.

So, it’s time to go down to the Opera House again and see a play that will have you patting down your neck hairs as you head back home into the dark night. Just don’t forget to lock those doors, listen for the “bumps in the night,” and thank the good Lord that we have those anti-monster barriers known as bed covers to pull over our heads, because Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s Frankenstein is coming to town.

Writer’s note: The Central Kentucky Community Theatre Main Stage Actors will present “Frankenstein” at the Opera House on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2 at 7 p.m and on Sunday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at The Opera House, The Springfield State Bank, U.S. Bank and in Lebanon at the Farmers National Bank. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.centralkytheatre.com, or call 859-336-5412 ext 4 for more ticket information.