Mrs. Frankenstein is a hilarious twist on Mary Shelley’s classic horror story. Mrs. Frankenstein and her science students have been busy trying to build a robot to save mankind. Unfortunately, giving the robot a mind of its own was not the best decision. The T.2 robot is out for revenge unless the students can create the perfect mate for it! Will they build it in time to save the school and possibly the rest of the world?
Quinn Baldwin has been a middle school English teacher and librarian for over 16 years. He is currently a middle school library media specialist. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and two children. He has written several books including The Accidental Superheroes, Crossover, The Confessions of Justin Malone, and (Alleged) Teen Bank Robber which have captivated hundreds of pre-teens and teenagers alike and won the Page Turner Award on the Page 99 Project.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
MRS. FRANKENSTEIN : Engineering teacher
BRIE : The engineering genius
JUSTIN : Engineering student
IGOR : Engineering student
REBECCA : The robotics expert
SHELLEY : P.E. teacher
YOLANDA : P.E. student
PERCY P.E. : student
AARON : The locker expert
BELINDA : P.E. student
MARY : World Studies teacher
MRS. WOLLSTONECRAFT : Language Arts teacher
PRINCIPAL MCKRINKLEBERRY : “ The Big Dog”
STUDENT REPORTER : A student reporter
HIS CAMERAMAN : The camera expert
BOB SLICK : Big shot reporter
HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT : “Coffee, sir?”
VERY POLITE ROBOT : “That’s not V.P.!”
SHERIFF : “Freeze, punk!”
SRO OFFICER : “Come here, Mr. Chuckles!”
LIEUTENANT LITTLE : “Fire and fury!”
PRIVATE CONNORS : “Attention!”
OLD JUSTIN : Retired Google engineer
OLD IGOR : Retired Google engineer
OLD BRIE : Retired Google engineer
OLD REBECCA : Retired Google engineer
T-1 : Brie’s and Rebecca’s robot
T-2.0 :Mrs. Frankenstein’s robot
T-1000 : Future robot
T-1001 : Future robot
(OLD JUSTIN, OLD IGOR, OLD BRIE and OLD REBECCA ENTER on STAGE APRON, hobbling and using canes.)
It’s going to rain today.
I know, Justin. I can feel it in my bad knee.
You and your bad knee, Igor. Give me a break.
The weather’s just like it was that day so long ago.
Here Brie goes again.
You’re right. The sky is dark and bruised, like something bad could happen any minute.
Something bad’s gonna happen if they find us out here.
Don’t be such an old worrywart. It’s kind of fun sneaking out here.
Do you guys ever think about that day?
The day it all started?
(ALL look at each other and nod)
They’re coming! Hide!
(ALL hobble away)
This is kind of fun! Terrifying, but fun!
It’s like we’re in middle school again!
If won’t be fun if they catch us! Hurry!
(CURTAIN opens on MRS. FRANKENSTEIN’S CLASSROOM, occupying STAGE LEFT with a stand-alone window. STAGE RIGHT is a school hallway with a locker backdrop. A door in the middle splits the two scenes. REBECCA, IGOR, JUSTIN and BRIE work on the T-1 while MRS. FRANKENSTEIN works at her own table with her back to them and the audience.)
MRS. Frankenstein? Mrs. Frankenstein? The auxiliary power source to our robot keeps failing.
You have to connect to the mainframe here, Justin.
Oh, right. Thanks, Brie. Good thing you’re here.
She’s so focused on her little teacher’s pet, we practically have to teach ourselves.
She’s not the only one focused.
(Nods at REBECCA)
REBECCA and I want nothing more than to get this robot working.
Then we’ll change the world.
(ENTERS in hallway with BELINDA, YOLANDA, PERCY and AARON, jogging in hallway)
Run faster, maggots!
(Stops and blows whistle)
Pathetic! Drop down and give me a thousand!
(KIDS do pushups)
One! Two!! Three!!!
(Throws down tool in frustration, opens door and steps into hallway)
Some of us are trying to do real work, Mr. Shelley, not…
(Touches MR. SHELLEY’S forehead and wipes hand on pants)
…sweat everywhere like a baboon!
(BELINDA, YOLANDA, AARON and PERCY walk into classroom, mischief on their faces)
Real work? I’ll show you real work!
(Starts doing pushups)
Wahoo! I’m not doing push-ups; I’m pushing the earth down! Yeah!
(Paces around MR. SHELLEY, pointing and pantomiming while he continues to do various exercises)
Hey, nerd herd.
Built anything new with your Legos?
It’s not Legos, it’s robotics.
(Doing the “robot” and speaking like a robot)
Yeah, Aaron. Get it right.