Theater for Community to present ‘Dracula’ Nov. 7-10

Students rehearse for an upcoming production of "Dracula"
Students rehearse for an upcoming production of "Dracula"
Oct. 21, 2013 - Theater for Community will present "Dracula" by Mac Wellman, Nov. 7-10, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.

While following the plot of the classic horror story, Wellman's adaptation employs a distinctly contemporary point of view, songs, dark comedy, wickedly inventive language, and genuinely nightmarish scenes to re-imagine for the stage this most famous of vampire tales.

This production will use steampunk-inspired styles to stage the battle of the learned Dr. Van Helsing and his resolute assistant, Dr. Seward, to save Lucy Westerna and Mina Murray, two spirited, strong-willed young women, from the ravages of the blood-sucking Count Dracula.

In the cast are Gerard Lisella as Count Dracula, Sara Detrick as Mina, Christina Comizio as Lucy, Zachary Glassman as Dr. Van Helsing, Aleczander Farquharson as Dr. Seward, Sean Davis as Jonathan Harker, Sean McLaughlin as Simmons, Kevin Ebner as Quincy Morris, and Melissa Peters, Shannon Murfree, and Tiffany Green as the Vampyrettes.

The production will be directed by adjunct professor Robert Bresnick who will also design sound. Associate Professor of Theater Tricia Thelen is the set designer. Quinnipiac students Emily Seibert is the musical director and assistant lighting designer, and Dana Umble is the stage manager.

Performances are Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 and $8 for senior citizens and students.

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The guiding principle of the Theater for Community program is the conviction that theater can be a tool to foster student engagement with the local, national and global community. Students are introduced to diverse social issues and topics outside of their everyday experiences and, as a result, are forced to explore the topic from a different perspective. Using original or adapted scripts, students stage plays that address such issues as revenge, war, prejudice and justice. The program equips students to become theater professionals, but with an emphasis on using their profession to make a real difference in the world.