Showtimers’ production of “Dracula” comes at a time when vampires are a popular subject in many books, movies, and television shows. But what about the most famous vampire of them all? Dracula. He’s the one who started it all. With so many iconic images of the famous Count, how does one make him unique?
Showtimers Theater is doing just that with their version of the popular play “Dracula,” written by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from the novel by Bram Stoker. The character of Dracula is played by Chris Reidy and Lucy, the lead female character, is played by Caitlin Coleman.
“This is not the knock off Dracula that you always think of… it’s such an old play that we have to find ways to freshen it up and make it unique,” said director Kris Laguzza. And indeed they did make it unique by adding things like music, interesting sound effects, and creative makeup and costumes that are not always found in other versions of the play.
In speaking with Kelly Anglim, the head costume designer, about the creative makeup used in the play, one realizes how important stage makeup can be, particularly with the vampire bite marks that are seen on Lucy, the female lead. Kelly said that “it’s definitely a challenge to use stage makeup in such a small space…” but the result is quite effective and realistic regardless of where you sit in the theater.
“Dracula” opens September 19 and runs through September 30. The shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays starting at 8pm and Sundays starting at 2pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Seating is reserved. Call 540-774-2660 or toll free at 877-336-9294. Tickets are also available online.
Count Dracula: Chris Reidy
Lucy Seward: Caitlin Coleman
Abraham Van Helsing: Tim Kennard
Dr. Seward: Michael Ridenhour
Jonathan Harker: Stephen Baltz
R.M. Renfield: Kevin McAlexander
Miss Wells: Heather Simpson
Butterworth: Spencer Meredith
Director: Kris Luguzza
Producer: Stevie Holcomb
Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Cate Carney
Original Music: Matthew Marshall
Costume Designer: Kelly Anglim
Lighting Design: David Colatosti
Submitted by Elizabeth Watts Jones