Victor Frankenstein: Male. Age: 20s to 30s
The character of Victor Frankenstein isvery different from the evil mad scientist of most movie portrayals. The young man, who discovers how to piece together a man and reanimate the body is sensitive and intelligent, but driven and passionate about his interests and,
due to the death of his mother, becomes absorbed in the quest to find out what creates life. While away at college in Ingolstadt, Victor discovers the secret of life and, secluding himself from his loved ones, devotes his time to creating an intelligent but grotesque monster from scavenged corpse parts. Once alive, Victor recoils in horror from his creation due to its hideousness and attempts to kill the creature in a fire. Victor keeps his creation of the monster a secret, feeling increasingly guilty and ashamed. Immediately after creating the monster, he falls into a depression and fear. He leaves the university and returns home to his family, only to find tragedy there as the survived creature has reached his home before him. Not fully aware of the consequences of his creating a new human, Victor listens to the creature’s tale and is briefly moved to produce a companion being for his creature, but he destroys this 2nd female creation for fear the two would cause greater evil. Consequently the monster seeks revenge on
Frankenstein by murdering Frankenstein's new wife, Elizabeth. Victor vows to destroy his creation and chases him to the far reaches of the Arctic planning to destroy him but dies from exhaustion aboard Walton's ship after meeting with his creation.
Vocal range: high tenor. (wide range required from G below middle C to top
The Creature: Male. Age: 20s upwards
Frankenstein's creation is also very different from most portrayals in movies. Created by Victor Frankenstein in Ingolstadt, the monster is a conglomeration of human parts with inhuman strength. He is so hideous that Victor, his own creator, cannot stand to look upon him. The creation at heart is well-intentioned, loving, gentle and eloquent. He longs to be accepted by humans and hopes to live among them, but he is repeatedly beaten and chased away
because of his appearance. For a time he is able to live undetected alongside a cottage in which a loving but impoverished family lives. The creature is deeply moved by their tenderness and wants nothing more than to join the family in devotion, but again he is chased away. Feeling eternal loneliness and misery at the hands of human cruelty the creature is driven to carry out malicious revenge on his creator for making him so hideous and rendering him permanently lonely because of his ugliness. He then offers Frankenstein peace in exchange for a companion of like origin, but when Frankenstein kills this companion, he vows to destroy him and kills Frankenstein's true love, a figure he most envies because he does not have one. Still,
despite "the monster's" vengeful murders, the creature is more human than his creator. Though his path of destruction eventually includes the death of Victor Frankenstein, his creator, the monster ultimately finds no solace from his misery and guilt and determines to kill himself and end the suffering that Frankenstein began when he created him.
Vocal range: high baritone/tenor. (G below middle C to top
Robert Walton (& Company): Male. Age: Mid 20s
Narrator of the story, he tells Victor Frankenstein's tale through letters to his sister, Margaret, which open and close 'Frankenstein the Musical'. Walton is a self-educated man and ship's captain who sets out to reach and explore the North Pole and to find a Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean from Russia to the Pacific Ocean. While his ship is locked in ice, he sees Frankenstein, exhausted, weakened and near death floating on an ice-flow, takes Frankenstein on board and listens to his tragic story. After Frankenstein's death Walton sees
the monster take Victor’s body north and disappear.
Lavenza: Female. Age: 20s to 30s
Adopted ward of Alphonse Frankenstein, Elizabeth became Victor's
constant companion and they spent their childhood together. Her beauty and
kindness makes her adored almost reverently by all who know her, and it is taken
for granted that she and Victor will marry and she waits patiently before being
rewarded by Victor's attention. She is a gentling influence and is characterized
as pure, compassionate, and trusting, and she is entirely devoted to Victor. Her
beauty and goodness are constant throughout her life. She and Victor are
married, but on their wedding night, the monster strangles Elizabeth to
punish Victor for not creating forhim a companion creature.
Vocal range: alto/mezzo-soprano. (G below middle C to E an octave and a bit
Henry Clerval: Male. Age: 20s to
Life-long friend of Victor Frankenstein, Henry is poetic, sensitive and caring, and
their friendship is a strong one. Their friendship also exemplifies the
distinction between head and heart. It is tragic that Victor does not trust him
enough to reveal his darkest secret. Henry is, however, perceptive and knows
when something is amiss. Desperate to help his friend, Henry is totally unaware
of Victor's creation and the monster kills Henry when he tries to prevent Victor
creating a female companion for the monster.
Vocal range: baritone/tenor. (Middle C to top
Alphonse Frankenstein: Male. Age: 50s
Victor Frankenstein's father, Alphonse is a wealthy and benevolent man
who loved his wife and his children very dearly. He is very sympathetic toward
his son. Alphonse consoles Victor in moments of pain and encourages him to
remember the importance of family though he never learns the true source of his
son's anguish. He is a doting husband and father bent by the grief of loss
after loss until he dies from accumulated sorrow and shock after the death of
both William and Elizabeth.
Vocal range: bass/baritone. (A below middle C to top
Caroline Frankenstein (& Company): Female (Small Role). Age: Late
Wife of Alphonse and mother of Victor and William. She has a loving
relationship with her husband and cares for her children very much. She is a
good, beautiful, and gentle woman adored by all her family until she dies from
the scarlet fever. Her death inspires Victor on his quest for the secret of life.
Very small singing role. Vocal range: alto. (D above middle C to
William Frankenstein: Male. Age: 8 to
Victor's younger brother, William is sweet, happy, and greatly adored
by his family. William is strangled in the woods by the creature in order to
hurt Victor for abandoning him and Justine is framed for the murder. William’s
death deeply saddens Victor and burdens him with tremendous guilt about having
created the monster.
Vocal range: Middle C to D nine notes above.
Justine Moritz: Female. Age: late teens to
Servant in the Frankenstein household, Justine is
beautiful, gentle, and kind and has lived like a sister with the Frankenstein
family. She is accused of William Frankenstein's murder when a locket he had
been wearing is found in her dress. Although she has been framed by the monster
and is innocent, she is executed and Victor considers her death his fault
because he created the monster who framed her. Justine is briefly resurrected as
a companion for the creature before being destroyed by Victor.
Vocal range: alto/mezzo-soprano. (Bb below middle C to Eb an octave and a bit
The Blind Man (& Company): Male. Age: 50s
A poorcottager living in the woods, he lives in peace and harmony with his daughter
and her infant child. Although blind the old man plays the violin. By observing
The Blind Man and his daughter Agatha, the monster learns how to speak and interact. To the creature's innocent eyes, the family is rich with love and human dignity. The creature
longs to join them and share their warmth and he secretly aids them in their
chores. At last he approaches the blind father when Agatha is away. The old man
listens sympathetically as the monster begs to be understood and accepted,
however he accidently kills the old man in an embrace and is scared away by
Vocal range: bass/baritone. (Bb below middle C to Eb an octave and a bit above). Only one song – a duet with
Agatha: (& Company): Female. Age: Late teens
Daughter of The Blind Man and mother of a baby child, Agatha
lives with her father in the woods and is secretly observed by the creature as
she sings a lullaby. She is distrustful of the kind stranger who carries out
chores for them but whom they never see. She discovers the creature standing
over her dead father and rescues her child from the cottage, horrified by the
sight of the creature and his deed. .
Vocal range: alto/mezzo-soprano. (B below middle C to D an octave and a bit above). Only one song – a duet with Blind Man.
Company: Male & Female. All
Various company roles including: Nobles, Peasant Villagers,
Academics, Court Officials, Executioners, Townsfolk and Wedding Guests. Somesolo lines both dialogue and
‘The Coming of the Dawn’
‘The Workings of the Heart’ (Opening solo)
‘A Happier Day’ (From Henry’s solo)
‘Your Father’s Eyes’
Blind Man -
‘The Music of Love’
‘The Music of Love’
Caroline& Company -
Scales etc as decided by Allison
NB: Short dialogue audition pieces will also be used for Robert Walton and other principal characters. Pieces to be confirmed.