Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Society

Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Society

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Relive the hilariously zany 1974 Mel Brooks (Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, The Producers) movie with this Broadway musical featuring the same monster-sized silliness.

This zany musical “brings to life” the story of mad scientist Frederick Frankenstein, who repeats his grandfather’s monster mistakes–while creating a lot of insane fun along the way. Victor Frankenstein has died and Frederick travels to his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania where he ends up conducting his grandfather’s experiments to create human life.

2009 Grammy Award Nominee for "Best Musical Theater Album"
2008 Winner for "Best Musical", Outer Critics Circle Award
2008 Drama Desk Nomination for "Outstanding Lyrics"
2018 Laurence Olivier Awards for "Best New Musical" 

Rated PG13 for suggestive lyrics and mature content

Creative Team

Conducted by Maestro Dennis Assaf
Leslie Castay - Director
Ken Leach - Music Director
Jaune Buisson - Choreographer
Nikki Lopez - Stage Manager
Eric Porter - Technical Director / Sound Designer
Emery Foster - Scenic Designer
Olivia Winter - Props Designer
Stephen Thurber - Lighting Designer
Briana Acosta - Light Board Op
Avery Colle
- Costume Designer
Mina Perkins - Costume Assistant
Amanda Bravender - Hair & Makeup Designer
Brittany Spreen - Hair & Makeup Assistant
Carlie Goodlett - Crew Captain
Cursten Smith - Crew
Jenevieve Bourgeois - Crew
Lauran Sparacello - Crew
Vinny Barbaro - Spot Op
Avery Gerosa - Spot Op

Young Frankenstein

October 27-November 5, 2023

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

6400 Airline Drive | Metairie, LA

Thanks to our sponsor "The Mortuary"

JPAS patrons receive a $5 discount on Mortuary tickets

Leslie Castay Sq Leslie Castay is delighted to return to the JPAS family after directing last season’s Big Easy Award winning production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, for which she also won the Big Easy Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Leslie was director and co-creator of Southern Rep’s hilarious original holiday musical, Mandatory Merriment which ran for three seasons. Other directing credits include The Addams Family at JPAS, Musical of Musicals (co-directed with Brandt Blocker) at Le Chat Noir, This Property is Condemned at Le Petit Theatre for the Tennessee Williams Festival, Guys and Dolls at NOCCA, The Rocky Horror Show at Tulane, and  Little Women for Southeastern University at the Columbia Theatre in Hammond. As an actor, she has been featured on Broadway (Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, 3Penny Opera, 42nd St), Off-Broadway, and National Tours. Her cabaret shows Unscripted, Food of Love, Old School, and Crazy World garnered great acclaim at Le Chat Noir, Tulane Shakes, Little Gem and Le Petit Theatre. Film and TV credits include The Big Short, Green Book, NCIS:New Orleans, Beautiful Creatures, Secrets of Sulphur Springs, Hulu Network’s Mike and as “Alicia Mayfair” on AMC’s Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches. Leslie is delighted to return to the stage in JPAS’ upcoming comedy, Looped, playing the infamous Tallulah Bankhead.


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Michael Paternostro Headshot

Michael Paternostro*


Adriel Aviles Headshot

Adriel Aviles


Scott Sauber Headshot

Scott Sauber


Charlie Carr Headshot

Charlie Carr


Jennifer Delatte Headshot

Jennifer Delatte


Meredith Long Headshot

Meredith Long-Dieth*


Kengoode Headshot

Ken Goode


Sasha Munchak Headshot

Sasha Munchak


Camille Von Hoven Headshot

Camille Von Hoven


Keri Palmer Headshot

Keri Palmer


Ava Young Headshot

Ava Young


Sara Ritsch Headshot

Sara Ritsch


Madison Lewis Headshot

Maddy Lewis


Gabriella Harlamert Headshot

Gabriella Harlamert


Kayla Ceaser Headshot

Kayla Ceaser


Daniela Vazquez Headshot

Daniela Vazquez


Jackson Scott Headshot

Jackson Scott


Tyger Hammons Headshot

Tyger Hammons


Matthew Welch Headshot

Matthew Welch


Daniel Rubio Headshot

Danny Rubio


Eli Strain Headshot

Eli Strain


Frank Von Hoven Headshot

Frank Von Hoven


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association  (AEA)


Young Frankenstein
Wigs & Makeup Master Class
Amanda Bravender, Wig & Makeup Artist

Sunday, October 29 | 11:30am–12:30pm
Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Join us as we take you backstage and show you the magic of stage makeup with a live demonstration by Master makeup artist and wig designer Amanda Bravender. In this class you will learn what it takes to achieve Frankenstein's look. Guests will watch and learn as Amanda transforms actor Adriel Aviles into Frankenstein's monster, and showcases other makeup techniques, wigs, and more. Plus, you'll get a sneak peek at the backstage of Young Frankenstein.

*Participants will receive a promo code for a $15 discount on adult and student Young Frankenstein tickets! Orchestra and Mezzanine section(s) (Limit 2 per participant)