TOWNSHEND – Leland and Gray Players’ last show of its twenty-first season is Mac Wellman’s Dracula. Wellman’s is an “adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel that preserves the Victorian tendencies of his writing while veering wildly into new vampire territory…. Wickedly clever language and an often nightmarish world combine to create a Dracula unlike it’s ever been seen before,” according to Playscripts.com. The characters are outrageous; the humor is ample and dark; the student-created production design and incidental music will really round out a pretty exciting evening, “ director and producer Annie Landenberger adds.
The Players’ production features junior Kenneth Cashman as Count Dracula, junior Anastasia Stevens as Mina Harker; sophomore Gabrel Vanni-Phillips as Jonathan Harker; junior Adam Culver as Dr. Jack Seward; freshman Veronica Stevens as Lucy Westenra; sophomore Sam Thibault as Professor Van Helsing; Luke Parker-Jennings, grade 8, as Simmons; Peter Broussard, grade 7, as Quincy Morris and the Coachman. Freshmen Bay Holmes, juniors Rebekah Winot and Rebecca Williams; Abbie Hazelton, Pia Burke and Alice Coyne, grade 8, are the blood thirsting Greek chorus-like Vampyrettes. The cast is rounded out by Raena Sanderson, Hannah Landers and Evelyn Swim, all in grade 7
Incidental music has been composed for this production by Trevor Wood. Rebekah Winot is assistant director; sophomore Fairen Stark is production designer over-seeing scenic elements, costumes and props. Paul Madalinski is technical director and construction crew leader assisted by sophomore Hunter Leavitt; Abby Wicker, ’02, is costumier, assisted by junior Bilgan Kiris. Crew captain is sophomore Emily Frost; she’s assisted by Sylvia Stark, grade 7 and juniors Courtney Dagg, Onaia Archer and Anna Cate Harrison, and sophomore Jillian Carona. Lighting is by juniors Josh Garland and Gregory Stolpp. Sound is engineered by junior Sage Hall and freshman Alex Urbaska Penny Tuerk is volunteer coordinator.
Dracula plays Thursday, May 25 at 7pm; Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 27 at 3pm and 7:30; and Sunday, May 28 at 3pm, in Leland and Gray’s historic Dutton Gymnasium on Route 30 in Townshend. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for student and seniors. Staging is environmental: Audience may sit at tables in the midst of the action or on the periphery of the multi-staged set.
All refreshments and delicacies are by donation. For more information and to reserve in advance, contact Annie Landenberger at 802-365-7355 x 159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.