‘Young Frankenstein’ on PRYAF stage

Professional set designer Chris Skanes volunteers 100’s of hours building sets for PRYAF and has designed the sets for ‘Young Frankenstein.’ (Photos courtesy of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation)

Dr. Frankenstein, Frau Bleuker and Igor to grace the stage with slapstick humor

Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s first Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Theater Production of 2019 is “Young Frankenstein” directed by Claire Fundaro.

The play will run for six shows, starting with opening night on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by performances on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. The show will take place at PRYAF Berg Auditorium, 3201 Spring St., Paso Robles.

“Young Frankenstein” is a PG-rated show, that is sure to make you laugh, according to PRYAF Director of Development Emily Jager.

The stage performance is directly adapted from Mel Brooks’ movie, so it is chock-full of slapstick humor. The audience will have a blast seeing the well-known characters of Dr. Frankenstein, Frau Bleuker, and Igor grace the stage, and of course the infamous German-speaking Inspector Kemp.

This is a great show to take a date for Valentine’s Day, as the show focuses on love as its theme. The cast of 19, ranging in ages 10 to 18 years old have been rehearsing since December. Their dedication to a well-prepared show is a cornerstone of the PRYAF Theater Department. The show is recommended for anyone over the age of 7.

Professional set designer Chris Skanes volunteers 100’s of hours building sets for PRYAF and has designed the sets for “Young Frankenstein.”

Tickets for adults 19 and older is $15 per person and students ages 5 to 18 years old is $12 per person. Purchase tickets by calling 805-238-5825 or by visiting the PRYAF office or purchase online at www.pryaf.org/tickets.

“Over the last 18 year, PRYAF has proudly served thousands of local youth from across San Luis Obispo County and even beyond, at no cost to their families,” said Jagger. “PRYAF students are dedicated to their crafts and always willing to learn while expanding their horizons through new experiences in the arts. Our after-school program continues to grow and serve as a safe haven for nearly 400 students per quarter. PRYAF is so grateful for our generous community because they create the magic.”

You can show your support by sponsoring a PRYAF student. Visit www.PRYAF.org and click the “Donate” button to make a credit card donation through PayPal’s trusted, secure website.

Founded in 2001, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of area youth with free, after-school classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment.

The organization seeks to promote self-reliance, enhance self-esteem and instill a sense of wholeness in local youth by providing a safe, accessible environment where they can experience the arts, thereby promoting cultural understanding and enhancing the community.

PRYAF believes the arts are vital to the cognitive growth and development and are the driving forces behind all other learning for our youth as they become contributing members of the community.

PRYAF has been providing children ages 5 to 18 with free classes in the visual and performing arts for 18 years.

Currently, they offer 45 classes weekly and fill 2,500 student seats annually, in their after-school program. PRYAF relies entirely on donations, private and public funding, grants, scholarships, supplies, and equipment.

Professional set designer Chris Skanes volunteers 100’s of hours building sets for PRYAF and has designed the sets for ‘Young Frankenstein.’ (Photos courtesy of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation)


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