TMP players ready to bring monster to life
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Adam Flax said he is excited about any role he lands on stage. He just didn't plan on falling in love with his first cousin in his first lead role in high school.
But Flax, a junior at Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School, takes it all in stride.
After all, the 17-year-old has been in a few productions -- 27 to be exact -- in his career.
"With Heartland Community Theater and here, I've been in a lot of them," said Flax, who began participating on stage as a youngster for the local community theater, then for TMP as a seventh- and eighth-grader while attending Kennedy Middle School.
"And," he added, "I like any role I end up with."
Flax, who also has sung in TMP Singers since his freshman year, won the leading role for TMP's 2013 fall musical, "Young Frankenstein," which opens at 7 p.m. Friday in Dreiling Theater at TMP.
He will play Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the productions scheduled for three days, also at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $7 and can be reserved by calling the school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (785) 625-6577.
In the musical, Flax falls in love with a girl named Inga, whose role is played by his cousin in real life, senior Mikaela Flax.
"It is different, but we're comfortable with it," Flax said. "Actually, it's not so awkward, because we know what's going to happen and we know each other so well."
The musical is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and is a parody of two Frankenstein horror movies.
Dr. Frankenstein, who has been living down the family reputation, inherits his grandfather's castle and repeats his experiments.
As the lead male role, Flax has a lot of parts to sing.
"It's kind of like the whole pop singers season all smashed into three days," he said. "Looking forward to it."