Friday night, I did something I haven’t done since I was in highschool - I saw a community theatre production.

Dr. Frankenstein is showing at The Stage Door in Yukon, OK for the next couple of days, and if you get a chance to go, you should. Especially if you’re a fan of The House of Paine’s very own Johnny Paine, who starred as Dr. Frankenstein himself.

Michael and I both call Johnny friend, and we’ve known for a long time what an intelligent, witty and passionate person he is, so we knew he had to be a good actor, too, and we were right. His performance was flawless Friday night — right down to the over-the-top maniacal laugh when discussing his “experiment.”

Everyone in the play was really good, but in addition to loving seeing Johnny on stage, we got a big kick out of Igor, who did an appropriately comedic interpretation of the character. Frankenstein himself was also really good, and we especially liked his look, which was very different from the traditional monster. This one had long curly hair to go along with his green skin.

A real stand out was one of the minor characters — a man who played one of the drunk townspeople, whose performance absolutely cracked us up. I wish I knew his name, so I could mention it here. 

We had a great time and we really didn’t expect to enjoy ourselves so much. Community theatre is a dying art, and our experience proved to us that it would be a real shame to see it go. So, if you have a chance to see a community theatre play, go see one. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

If you’re looking for some wholesome fun way to celebrate Halloween with your kids, go see Dr. Frankenstein.  You’ll love it!