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Musical comedy about Dracula opens this weekend

Those anticipating the arrival of Dracula this Friday night, should not be frightened. The typical blood-letting fashion seen in films about Dracula will not be seen at this show.

The spring musical is less about the original Dracula and more about laughter and witty humor

“Dracula: The Musical?” is a spoof of the traditional story of Dracula as written by Bram Stoker.

Written by Rick Abbot,  (“Play On!”) the comedy musical spins the legend of everyone’s favorite vampire into a hilarious cabaret act.

Joey Hamby, the light and sound technician, calls it “smart funny – there are no fart jokes, or whoopie cushions.”

Set in 19th century England, the story centers around an insane asylum operated by Dr. Seward (Ian Stephenson). Seward is married to Sophie (Bekah Noack). 

Their new neighbor is a Hungarian (Karl Johnson) who has designs on the neck of the doctor’s daughter, Mina (Jessica Taylor). When the vampire hunter Van Helsing (Tyler Umpleby) arrives to warn the household, the family is slow to grasp the danger their daughter is in.

More than 20 students are involved in the production, as they sing and dance on the small stage in Little Theatre.

Karl Johnson stars as Dracula, Ian Stephenson as Dr. Seward, and Alison Hagedon as Bubu in their final performance at Grace College.

Tickets are available for six performances at the Tree of Life, Jazzman’s or at the door. Tickets cost $7 for students and $9 for adults. The show opens on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are April 14, 19, 20, at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to bring garlic.

Story by Octavia Lehman | Editor in Chief | lehmanoj@grace.edu
Photography by Scott Schloss | Staff Photographer | schlossp@grace.edu

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