As a live theater treat for the Halloween season, the Stevensville Playhouse is staging a "Golden Days of Radio" reading of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" this weekend. Jim McCauley told us that the 1940s radio script follows the original Frankenstein plot much closer than the famous Boris Karloff movie. No bolt through the neck in this production. The actors will be dressed in 1940s outfits and will walk on stage as they would into an old radio station studio to present one of those classic radio adventures. They'll be at separate microphones and you'll hear and see some live sound effects. As they read from the script some actors will assume different identities through the production.

McCauley said the Stevensville Playhouse trustees wanted to provide some type of live theater during this COVID-19 pandemic and came up with the staging of the radio script, with limited rehearsals (there were only five of them) and limited props. There will be some incidental music and sound effects. He said the script presents a much different Frankenstein character - he starts out with a distinct lack of language skills, but at the end is able to express his thoughts, as described in the original manuscript. The script was adapted by Philip Grecian from the novel by Mary Wollstencraft Shelley and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

The small theater on Stevensville's Main Street will have an even smaller audience for the three performances. The social distancing requirements will limit the audience to about one-fourth of a normal crowd. The three shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 25. The ticket price is only $7 and there might be some tickets left.

You can be part of a studio audience as the tale of Frankenstein is brought to the stage at the Stevensville Playhouse. You can get more information about the tickets at the Stevensville Playhouse website.