Wilton dentist plays Dracula

Dr. James T. Aris, owner of Advanced Dentistry of Wilton, is putting down his dental tools and hitting the stage for Wilton Playshop’s production of Young Frankenstein.

This will not be Aris’s first time performing with the Wilton Playshop.

“I was fortunate to be in the cast of Chicago in the spring of 2016 directed by executive producer and first vice president of the Wilton Playshop, Ralph Pastore,” said Aris, who played the role of a detective.

Not only did he have “a wonderful time” in Chicago, Aris said, but he also learned a lot about “the precision that goes into every production.”

Aris said he is “thrilled” to play Dracula, who makes a brief appearance at the end of Young Frankenstein.

“What dentist doesn’t want to play Dracula?” said Aris, who planned to fabricate some porcelain fangs and temporarily attach them to his teeth for the role.

“Dracula is a great character, and Mel Brooks’ humor and creative genius in Young Frankenstein make for an uplifting evening of laughs.”

Aris said he and his fellow Young Frankenstein cast members rehearse “every weekday and some weekends.”

“You could tell this is going to be a great show because of the life and energy the cast brings to [the] characters in Young Frankenstein. Right from the start of this production, you have a smile on your face and you’re laughing from the beginning to the end,” he said.

“The singing is excellent and the dancing is well-choreographed. It’s amazing to have this much talent in our own backyard.”

Aris said he is waiting for Little Shop of Horrors to come to Wilton so he can audition for the dentist role.

“I would love to be in more musicals,” he said.

“I’m always singing Broadway show tunes and Frank Sinatra songs at the dental office.”

Wilton Playshop’s production of Young Frankenstein is directed by Mat Young, musically directed by Zachary Kampler and choreographed by Rachel Schulte.

Showtimes are:

  • Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-10, at 8 p.m.

  • Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at wiltonplayshop.org or by calling 203-762-7629.