‘Dracula’ coffin to open Halloween
Rockport — “Dracula,” a marvelous and chilling live theatrical event based upon Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, will be presented five time at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., as a benefit for Penobscot Bay YMCA. All performances will be at 7:30 p.m.
The production will open on Halloween —Thursday, Oct. 31. Friday, Nov. 1, will be Teens Only Night and feature several short zombie films created by young artists from the Maine Media Workshop, as well as the live performance. On Saturday, Nov. 2, there will be a special event featuring music by Bay Chamber’s Odeon Symphony Orchestra, appetizers by Primo, wine and Bloody Marys and the live performance. Additional performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
All proceeds from this “Dracula” production will benefit the Penobscot Bay YMCA’s teen programing and the new free LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors. Tickets are on sale at the YMCA, 116 Union St. in Rockport; or securely online at penbayymca.org. Tickets (except the Nov. 2 special event) are $18, $12 for children younger than 18. Ticket for the Nov. 2 special event are $50.
John Burstein of Lincolnville, who has directed productions for CBS and PBS television as well as for symphony orchestras nationwide, directs the production. “Dracula” features top local professional talent including the founding members of the Everyman Repertory Company, Paul and Jen Hodgson and David Troup. Other cast members include David Greenham, former Producing Artistic Director at Monmouth; and Marie Stickney, Scott Anthony Smith, Robin Jones and Hanna DeHoff, all of whom have played leading roles in a variety of local productions.
The original stage production of “Dracula” was brought to Broadway in 1927 and starred Bela Lugosi in his first major English-speaking role. The play was revived in 1977, starring Frank Langella, and won Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Costume Design. That show was produced, and originally conceived/produced for Nantucket Stage Company, by John Wulp, a longtime resident of Vinalhaven.
For more information, stop by the Y or call 236-3375.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.