“Dracula” at UA Marroney Theatre is spine-chillingby Carolyn Classen on Oct. 12, 2010, under Arts, Life
University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Televsion and the Arizona Repertory Theatre presents “Dracula” adapted by William McNulty (from the classic Bram Stoker story).
Production Sponsor: UA BookStores
Directed by Brent Gibbs
UA Marroney Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Street (east of Park Avenue, south of Speedway Blvd.)
Evenings: October 13-16, 21-23, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: October 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Cost $28 per ticket, with discounts available to military/seniors/students/faculty&staff, http://web.cfa.arizona.edu/theatremarketing/
Fine Arts Box Office: 520-621-1162, M to F, 11 to 4 p.m.
“In William McNulty’s new special effects-filled adaptation, Count Dracula evades his antagonists with resourcefulness, psychic powers and superhuman strength, but ultimately must confront those who would rid the world of him. Van Helsing and his brave comrades take on the King of Vampires in this action-packed, suspenseful and spine-chilling fresh look at a time-honored horror story. Adult themes and violence.” (advertised as not for the faint of heart)
Saw the preview last night and was impressed with the acting & various European accents (British, Dutch, & Transylvanian) and the pyrotechnical special effects. There was smoke (fog), fire, & scary voices whispering from the back of the theatre. Robert Don Mower (only a Sophomore) who portrays Count Dracula has a definitely sinister, powerful stage presence. And real-life Assistant Professor Kevin Black (member of the Actors’ Equity Association) as Professor Abram von Helsing is a formidable foe as well. And watch out for blood-thirsty vampires popping up on the stage.
From the program’s “Dramaturg’s Notes” by Kevin Becerra: “Stoker created a character that is both a viral and a martial hazard to the status quo, inspired by the primordial human fears of the unknown altering the social structure”.
My moral of this horror story: don’t be too friendly to mysterious neighbors (from Transylvania) who move in next door, even if they are aristocracy and seem to like people (a bit too much).
Also coming up: pre-show discussion on October 21, 6:45 p.m. and post-show discussion on October 17 at the Marroney Theatre (free & open to the public).
Opening Night is tomorrow, the 13th. And this horror show appropriately plays all the way up to a 1:30 p.m. show on Halloween. Be scared!