Cover of Life’s Shelley Barnes

I’m lucky to the playing the role of Addie Mae McGough Blackard in “The Cover of Life” at Strauss Theatre.Center.  Addie Mae is a small town reporter in Sterlington, Louisiana in 1943.  She wants so badly to be famous and when her local article gets picked up by The Times-Picayune she is thrilled.  When LIFE Magazine comes calling she couldn’t be more ecstatic!Read More

“Hearing the Laughter” – Glenn Williams

Young Frankenstein is such an iconic movie, and I’ve always been a big Mel Brooks fan, so trying out for this show was a no-brainer for me! My favorite part of doing this show is hearing the laughter from the audience. You can always tell who the fans of the movie are because they get all the jokes and references from the movie. And when the audience is having a good time, we’re able to feed off that energy and it makes our performance ten times better.

Benjamin Gross in Young Frankenstein at Strauss

Interview with Benjamin Gross
Where did you grow up?
Born in Monroe and grew up in Calhoun, where a lot of my family still is. I once I landed a job that allowed me to work from home, I decided to come back to my momma’s cooking for a while after having moved all over the country in the past 12 years building my IT career.

Megan Wilkins – Young Frankenstein Assistant Choreographer

What do you enjoy most about being in Young Frankenstein?
When you work all day and have a lot of stress from your job, worries about cleaning the house, etc., being in a show (for a short amount of time) lets you be someone different. You get to step away from reality and create a new character. Plus, I love to dance, so musicals give me the opportunity to just have fun!
Megan Wilkins – Assistant Choreography, Young Frankenstein

Cast Spotlight – Glenn Williams (Igor)

Cast Spotlight – Glenn Williams (Igor)

Rehearsals for Young Frankenstein are going well. We’ve been working hard with Walter on choreography for the different dance numbers, including “Join the Family Business”, “Please Don’t Touch Me,” and “Transylvania Mania,” among others; and we have started working on blocking for the different scenes.
Greg Oden has also been working hard with us with the music. In the coming weeks we’ll start putting all the pieces together. Work has also started on the set. We are excited about the way things are going and we look forward to seeing it all come together. We think this will be a really fun show that will have our audiences dancing in their seats and roaring with laughter.

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