Asheville School puts on immersive performance inspired by Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

    Asheville School students are preparing for Tuesday's opening night performance of a show inspired by Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    News 13 got a backstage tour of a performance that will be different from any other show at the Asheville School.

    Tuesday is opening night, and we got a sneak preview of the big performance.

    Students are preparing to put on a performance inspired by Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".

    Last-minute rehearsals are underway as the 20-member cast and crew wait for the opening curtain.

    The cross-curriculum performance involves in the music, dance and visual arts departments.

    It is an immersive show, where audience members walk through multiple rooms during the show

    With the help of their teachers, students created the set, wrote the dialogue, and choreographed the dances.

    One student even composed all of the music for the performance

    "All of my pieces have quotes from Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein, and I've taken inspiration from Kathy Leiner's dance and some of the visual art installations are in this piece, so I think that has been inspirational for me," said junior Mac Waters. " I hope that people will get that same thrill that I did when I was writing the music."

    "I really hope the audience gets the difference in difficulty that this has taken for us because we are not just on the stage like we are used to. We are all over the theater, and a lot of people don't even know that this is all back here. So it's going to be really exciting for them to see it."

    Shelley's book was chosen this year because students read it in their humanities class.

    The first performance is Tuesday in the Walker Art Center's Graham Theater.

    There are also performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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