‘Young Frankenstein’ returns to the big screen for fundraiser

Date Published: 
Oct. 20, 2017

It’s pronounced “Eye-gor,” not “Ee-gor,” the hunchback tells the young scientist.

Audiences have been cracking up over “Young Frankenstein” for decades, and the 1974 comedy returns to the Clayton Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The Halloween fundraiser will benefit Southern Delaware Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to adults for workforce training and certification programs. The program is designed to help adults who might fall through the cracks of scholarship funding. Depending on funds available, SDEF will pay up to 75 percent of a student’s tuition.

“We’re in the poverty-prevention business. You can’t raise a family on $8.50 an hour,” said SDEF Board Member Lois Saraceni.

For its latest fundraiser, the local scholarship group turned to Mel Brooks’ classic film. The 1974 comedy struck new life into Mary Shelley’s novel, starring Gene Wilder as a young scientist following in the footsteps of his infamous late grandfather Frankenstein.

Sometimes it can be hard to pin down what makes Mel Brooks’ madcap movies so entertaining.

“The characters are just so… — they’re hysterical,” Saraceni said of the cast, featuring Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Chloris Leachman.

The bawdy film is rated PG.

Guests can also buy tickets to a 50/50 drawing and chance auction, featuring prizes from local businesses. Doors open at 6 p.m. for seats, socializing and auctions, and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to dress up in costumes. For easy identification, SDEF volunteers will be dressed as yellow Minions from the “Despicable Me” film series.

Tickets cost $10, which helps a nonprofit and is still less expensive than most movie theaters, organizers noted.

Tickets are available in several ways: call (302) 858-1861; message organizers of the “Movie Spooktacular” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sdefcares; or purchase tickets at the box office beforehand or on the night of the showing.

“We just want everybody to come and have fun for a good cause,” said Saraceni.

Sponsorships are available for businesses wanting to have their names broadcast on the big screen before the film.

The Clayton Theatre is located at 33246 Main Street in Dagsboro.

SDEF scholarships can be used for workforce development courses, such as environmental, hospitality, business, early childhood, medical coding and billing, auto work, cosmetology and other areas that require a state certification.

“This group is looking for people that want to get certifications that can help them be better employed, make a livable wage,” said Saraceni. “They want to go to school. That’s why they’re doing it. They want to get ahead.”

Such training could help people get a job, get promoted, increase their marketability or get a raise, she noted. Moreover, it could give people a leg up to find a new job where employers will help them obtain more training.

Southern Delaware residents who demonstrate financial need may apply. Scholarship details are available online at https://sdefcares.org or by calling (302) 537-1244.