PLYMOUTH — Get a jump-start on Halloween horror as Plymouth State University Theatre presents Dracula, by Steven Dietz, October 16-19 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Dracula is a classic tale of horror based on Bram Stoker's novel, in which Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula. But the Count is exceedingly resourceful and has unusual powers that confound and frustrate his antagonists.
Co-director Elizabeth Daily, professor of theatre, says that at Plymouth State, the classic story will be told with twists and turns, as Dracula is seen in deeply shadowing light and illuminating darkness in a new adaptation that restores the suspense and seduction of Stoker's novel. As Dracula begins to exert an otherworldly will upon the residents of London, they try to solve the mysteries created by the vampire's machinations. In a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate, they resolve to conquer the would-be vanquisher. Rich with both humor and horror, this play graphically paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.
Daily says, "Dietz's play is fast paced and multifaceted. We intend to utilize gore, choreographed movement and sound/music/lights to produce an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere for this play. Dracula gives us unusual flexibility in casting, and we have cast a woman in the title role, and another as scientist Van Helsing. We are allowing females to take on these usual male-cast roles to give the play a different perspective on the relationships and power structure within the 1897 Victorian male-dominated society."
Co-directing with Daily is PSU alumnus Robin Marcotte, who has served both as an artist in residence and a teaching lecturer at PSU. Marcotte was also managing director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts before returning to New Hampshire.
Cast members include theatre arts majors Meg Anchukaitis, a senior from Walpole, Mass. as Dracula; Evan Grande, a senior from Kingston, Mass. as Jonathan Harker; Haley McKenney, a senior from Marshfield, Mass., as Lucy Westenra; Karielle Anzaldi, a junior from Newton as Mina and Chase Perkins, a senior from Manchester as Dr. Seward. Also, Hayden Stearns, a senior from Windham, Conn. as Penfield; Katrina Chamberlain, a senior from Candia as Dr. Johanna Van Helsing; Catherine Jacobs, a junior from Milton as Maid; Leo Curran, a sophomore from Braintree, Mass. as Waiter, and Jaclyn Goodrich, a junior from Exeter and Cindy Wade, a senior from Jefferson as Vixen.
Interdisciplinary majors Chelsea Merritt, a senior from Plainfield, Conn. and Darcy Graham, a senior from Manchester are also portraying Vixen.
Performances of Dracula are October 16 and 18 at 8 p.m., October 17 at 7 p.m. and October 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Scenic Design by Professor Matt Kizer. (Courtesy photo)
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