SCC Music and Drama Students Bring Young Frankenstein the Musical, to Life


Keokuk, IA – Music and Drama students and Southeastern Community College (SCC) will be performing Young Frankenstein the Musical at Keokuk’s Grand Theatre and Burlington’s Capitol Theater this month.

Performances will be as follows:

  • Keokuk Grand Theatre: March 27 & 28 at 7:00PM, March 29 at 2:00PM
  • Burlington Capitol Theater: April 3 & 4 at 7:00PM

The musical will be a joint production combining students from SCC’s West Burlington and Keokuk campuses.

 “This is our second time joining campus talents and while it’s logistically challenging, the experience and opportunity these performances bring to both cities is extraordinarily worth the time, effort, and traveling,” says SCC Stage Director, Jodi Cook.  

The musical comedy encompasses Dr. Frankenstein’s experiment to bring a corpse back to life. With aid and interference from servant Igor, assistant Inga, and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment brings unpredicted consequences.

“Young Frankenstein presents challenges for all these student actors,” explains SCC Music Director, Leigh Pirtle. “Since this material is so well known by the public, they have to pull off the jokes so as to not disappoint. When students are challenged, we witness a great deal of personal growth.  They step up and own their roles and gain confidence in their own abilities.”

Cook says the students are excited to put their own spin on the popular performance.

“I want everyone to know we have an amazingly talented young cast of new faces and personalities who want to do Mel Brooks’ musical justice and I believe they will.”

Young Frankenstein the Musical is based on the book, Young Frankenstein, written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The music and lyrics are also written by Mel Brooks.

Cook says the musical is an event the whole community can enjoy.

“I think many in the community feel a connection with the film and can quote lines or have favorite characters. The show should be a lot of laughs for all ages, and the songs are just as catchy as the memorable lines.”

Capitol Theater tickets are $7 students, $10 general admission, and are available at the door and at

Grand Theatre tickets are available in advance at the Karre Library on SCC’s Keokuk campus. They may also be purchased at the Grand Theatre box office on March 25 and 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the door. Grand Theatre tickets are $7 balcony seating and $10 floor seating.

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