The Players were well-received by an appreciative audience at a preview performance on Thursday, Oct. 25. The theater was filled with students from Towson's Ridge Ruxton School, the Odyssey School, Canton's Friendship Collegiate Academy, and St. Ignatius Academy in Baltimore. Drew Koloup, a junior who played Peter Schmidt, actually felt more comfortable performing in front of his peers.

"With the younger audience, you don't have worry about trying to impress anyone," said Koloup, a resident of Phoenix. "That works better than if you're trying too hard."

The timing of his visit to Loyola Blakefield couldn't have been better for Odyssey student Blake Hill.

"I'm reading the book right now in class," Hill said. "The play is a little different. The blind man (DeLacey) actually has a family in the book."

Students at the five-year old Friendship Collegiate Academy will also read "Frankenstein" in the spring. Lauren Greber, a teacher at Friendship, thought her students would benefit from seeing a live performance of the play before reading the book.

"We have an ongoing partnership with Loyola Blakefield, and our students have come here several times," said Greber. "This work is a part of the 12th-grade curriculum, but we wanted to give students of all grades exposure to this play. I'm hoping that these students will bring the excitement of the play back to school, and share it with the students that weren't able to come today."

Thomas Hall, a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy, hadn't been exposed to "Frankenstein" before last week.

"I've never seen the movie, but it's a great time to see the play," Hall said. "We'll eventually be reading the book and probably act it out. I could be a good Frankenstein, because I have his roar."

While the actors admitted that "Frankenstein" was an ambitious production, they clearly enjoyed being a part of the play.

"I don't have a specific preference for the roles I play," said LaRoche, a senior who has also worked with D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre. "I have a preference for the people that I work with. We knew that this play was going to be a lot of work, so we buckled down more than we had to. But we still had some wild and raucous fun."

For Neil, the preparation for the show was worth the effort.

"It's definitely a lot to undertake," he said. "There's a lot of practice, and many late nights. Sleep has been on the back burner lately. But it's been a blast. Every single person I've worked with has become like my own family. Working on a show together is a defining experience."

"Frankenstein" continues at Loyola Blakefield Campus, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2, and 3, 7 p.m. $10 general and $5 for students. 443-841-3224..