Where: Showtimers Community Theatre, 2067 McVitty Road, Roanoke
How much: $12, ages 18 and younger $5
Info: 774-2660; Showtimers.org
A whole month ahead of Halloween, Showtimers is resurrecting the stage play that unleashed an iconic monster.
Botetourt County actress Kris Laguzza, herself a veteran of many recent regional theater productions, will direct “Dracula,” the play based on Bram Stoker’s novel that in turn was the basis for the Bela Lugosi classic. In fact, Lugosi originated the role in the play’s 1927 Broadway debut.
New music will play a role in Showtimers’ efforts to update this well-known tale. The score’s being composed by Hollins University film professor Matt Marshall.
“We’ve added some original music composed just for this show which is exciting and will really help to create a dark and scary mood. Though the story and characters are familiar to many, I think our production will evoke the same feelings of fear and uncertainty that the audiences in 1927 felt,” Laguzza told me via Facebook.