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MJC brings horror classic to life
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Sean Trew is Victor Frankenstein and Rachel Pearre is Elizabeth in Modesto Junior Colleges production of Mary Shelleys classic Frankenstein. - photo by Photo Submitted

The Modesto Junior College Theatre Department is looking to bring a bit of old-fashioned terror to that area this upcoming Halloween as they bring life to “Frankenstein.”

The department is staging the Mary Shelley classic tale of science run amok starting Thursday and continuing through to Nov. 3.

The play "Frankenstein" is a classic tale of horror and suspense that details the ill-fated experiments of Victor Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from two unsavory grave robbers, he gives life to a creature both hideous and touching.

Adhering more closely to the original Mary Shelley novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of humor, philosophy and terror and questions morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.

“I believe the story is still relevant and spooky today because life and death still mystifies and terrifies people, and the thought of blending science with morality is a very timeless issue and debate,” said MJC Professor Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell, who is directing the show.

“Frankenstein,” set in the same time and place as Shelley’s novel, features a cast a 12, with Sean Trew as Victor Frankenstein, Jon Cates as Henry Clerval, Marc Pratt in the role of The Creature and Rachel Pearre as Elizabeth. 

The 7:30 p.m. show Thursday is a student preview night for $5. Additional shows for the general public are set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. A special performance is planned for 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume for the contest starting at 9 p.m.

All shows are in the Auditorium on the East Campus.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 general admission.  Tickets may be purchased at the Auditorium Box Office, from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by calling the Box Office at 575-6776 during these hours.  Tickets may also be purchased online at