5 Things You Didn’t Know About “Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us”

"I shall kill no Albatross," pronounces the Captain in scene II of "Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us."

“I shall kill no Albatross,” pronounces the Captain in scene II of “Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us.”

“Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us,” is inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” In this frightening theatrical, you’ll meet a mad scientist, his haunted creation, and a troupe of terrified town folk, with four spine-chilling scenes of murder, mayhem, science, and suspense! Here are five things we bet you didn’t know about this perennial Mystic Seaport favorite!

1. There are approximately 1,600 steps in a tour. That’s roughly three-quarters of a mile or 1.2 kilometers!

2. To create some of the intense character make-up prosthetics, a plaster mold is made of the actor’s entire face.

3. By the first performance, Nautical Nightmares has been rehearsed for more than 200 hours.

4. To create the frightening atmosphere, the stage crew uses more than 50 lanterns, 15 theatrical lights, three portable street lamps, and countless ghosts, spiders, skeletons, and spooky seasonal décor.

5. The script for Nautical Nightmares uses many direct quotations from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”; approximately 40 percent of the script is original to the novel!