THERE will be thrills and chills when a drama group performs its new show parodying a horror classic.

Witham Amateur Operatic Society (WAOS) is staging Young Frankenstein as its next production in April.

The musical was written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.

It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Gene Wilder and Brooks, who also directed and has described it as his best film.

The story serves as a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its 1935 and 1939 sequels, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein.

A spokesman said: “It once again tells the story of Frankenstein and his monster, who lived in our cultural history for the past 200 years.

“With each generation bringing its own twist to the story of this man and his creation, and now we welcome you to the 21st Century’s musical take on this age-old character.

“With the aid of Mel Brooks and his knack for parody, Young Frankenstein zaps a new breath of life into Mary Shelley’s story.

“It is the perfect mixture of horror, comedy and musical frenzy. This production puts a beating heart into the pages of its original story.

“WAOS returns to the stage with a superb cast in this hilarious, all singing, all dancing musical.”

The show runs from April 24-29 at Witham Public Hall, with performances at 7.30pm and a 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain up.

The show contains some adult language, sexual situations and humour. There is also some strobe-lighting and explosive sound effects so parental guidance is recommended.

Tickets are priced £10-£16 and are available on 0300 201 0080 or from the visitor information centre at Witham Town Hall

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