The Coffin Opens on DRACULA
Dracula is a marvelous and chilling live theatrical event. Based upon Bram Stoker’s original novel written over a century ago, its phenomenal success in print led to massive popularity on the stage and screen.
Show time will be 7:30PM for all five Dracula performances at the Rockport Opera House. The production opens Halloween night Thursday, October 31. On Friday, November 1st, Teen Only Night, will feature several short Zombie films created by young artists from the Maine Media Workshop as well as the live performance. Please note – this performance is reserved for those 10 and older. On Saturday, November 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 on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th.
All proceeds from the Dracula productions will benefit the Penobscot YMCA’s teen programing and the new free LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors.
Tickets are on sale now at the Penobscot Bay YMCA on 116 Union Street in Rockport or securely online at www.penbayymca.org. Ticket prices (except the special event on November 2nd) are $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for under kids under 18. The special event on November 2nd is $50.00.
The Rockport Opera House production is directed by John Burstein who has directed productions for CBS and PBS television as well as for symphony orchestras nationwide. 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 the former Producing Artistic Director at Monmouth, Marie Stickney, Scott Anthony Smith, and Robin Jones and Hanna DeHoff all of whom have played leading roles in a variety of local productions.
The original 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, won Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Costume Design.
Plot Synopsis: Trouble is brewing as the show opens. Dr. Abram Van Helsing has arrived at the estate of his old friend, Dr. Seward, who is desperate for help. Seward’s daughter Lucy is suffering baffling symptoms that include terrible dreams, exhaustion, and strange puncture wounds on the neck. Seward hopes that Van Helsing, a noted expert in exotic medicine, will be able to uncover the cause of Lucy’s illness, and save her before it’s too late. Van Helsing suspects a vampire.
Meanwhile, Count Dracula, a mysterious man from Transylvania, has taken up residence in nearby Carfax Abbey. Since his arrival the night is filled with the frightening howls and the strange appearance of bats. A vampire is a fearsome enemy, and the risks are greater than death. Will Seward and Van Helsing find the vampire and save Lucy’s life? Or is the monster about to claim yet another victim?
For more information stop by the Y at 116 Union Street, Rockport or call the Y @ 236.3375.