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SVC Players to Present Horrow Show 'Dracula'

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Posted: Thursday Oct 13, 2011
Saint Vincent College Players will present the dramatic horror show, “Dracula,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 and Friday, November 4, and at 2 p.m. Sundays October 30 and November 6 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

The show is a version which was adapted by William McNulty and originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel, Dracula.

Colleen Reilly is the director.

“When I realized the dates of the show were going to be a little later than they have been for our fall shows in the past, around the Halloween season, I thought it might be fun to do a Halloween-themed play of some sort, whether a mystery or a thriller or ghost story,” Ms. Reilly explained. “I started reading plays in those genres and this one grabbed my attention. I’m a huge fan of Bram Stoker’s novel and have been since my father read it to me when I was a child.”

“There have been lots of adaptations of it over the years and what really grabbed me about this one is that the playwright said he wasn’t setting out to do a campy Dracula or a romantic Dracula or a comedy Dracula although there is some humor in this show,” Ms. Reilly continued. “He really wanted to do a horror Dracula where evil is evil and good is good – and Dracula is evil and has to be defeated.”

“We live in a time when vampires have become part of popular culture but they tend to be more romantic, humorous or campy,” she concluded. “This is sort of a return to Stoker’s original vision where Dracula is – for all his charm and attractiveness – a brutal, evil monster who needs to be destroyed. I really like that idea.”

Fr. Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey who is also an associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College, is playing the role of Count Dracula. “I was very pleased when Fr. Wulfstan auditioned,” Ms. Reilly added. “He is doing a great job in rehearsals. It is nice for students to have an opportunity to be in a show with a faculty member who is also a Benedictine monk. It makes this a real community production.”

Other actors include Sarah Eidemiller, a senior psychology major from Greensburg, Renfield; Jeremy Zammerilli, a senior chemistry major from Latrobe, The Monster; Casey Ciocco, a junior psychology major from Latrobe, Mina Grant; Courtney Tolner, a senior art history major from Monessen, Margaret Sullivan; Eric Auth, a sophomore English undeclared major from Wexford, Abram Van Helsing; Jordan Ralph, a freshman English undeclared major from Irwin, Dr. Thomas Seward; Amber Meek, a senior communication major from Linesville, a bride; Ashlee Lamer, a freshman music major from Indiana, a bride; Hope Swain, a sophomore English undeclared major from Evans City, a bride; Cassidy Aughenbaugh, a junior sociology major from West Decatur, a bride; Chloe Zhang, a sophomore management major from China, a bride; Rona Gehring, a freshman music major from Robinson, The Child; Mark Harris, a freshman arts administration major from Belle Vernon, Norbert Briggs; Felecia Watt, a sophomore political science major from Blairsville, Lucy Westphal; and Bo Tokarski, a freshman natural science major from Pittsburgh, Jonathan Harker.

John Gregorich, a Saint Vincent College graduate who teaches in the Ligonier Valley School District, is a special makeup advisor for the show who is assisting the student actors in learning how to do their stage preparation. Jessica Fick is the costume designer.

The show is recommended for adults and children in grade 4 or higher.

General admission reservations are available in advance by contacting the box office at 724 805-2229. Tickets ($10) will also be available at the door on the day of performance.