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Canfield Players stage ‘Dracula’ adaptation
March 24, 2017

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Canfield Players will present "Dracula" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Canfield High School auditorium, 100 Cardinal Drive.

The performance will be playwright Steven Dietz's 1996 adaptation of the gothic horror novel by the same name, written in 1897 by Irish author Bram Stoker. It retains all the suspense and seduction of Stoker's classic and is based on the legend of the Transylvanian vampire, Count Dracula.

The lead characters work to piece together Dracula's identity as they make a valiant attempt to stop him from taking new victims. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker (Michael Stefanick), who is an English solicitor, visiting Count Dracula (Gregory Halley) to provide legal support for a real estate transaction. Harker soon realizes that he is Dracula's prisoner.

Soon Dracula is shown to be stalking Lucy Westenra (Emily Hofsess). As time passes, she begins to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking, as witnessed by her friend Mina Murray (Lauren Johnson), the fiancee of Harker.

Lucy receives three marriage proposals, one from Dr. John Seward (Ben Lawson), who is treating an insane man, Renfield (Alex Kluchar), who wishes to consume insects, spiders, birds and rats to absorb their "life force" and who is able to detect Dracula's presence, thus supplying clues. Other proposals were are from Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood, whom Lucy accepts.

When Lucy begins to waste away suspiciously, Seward consults his old teacher, Abraham Van Helsing (Mitchell Halley), who immediately determines the true cause of Lucy's condition.

After Dracula learns of the plot against him, he attacks Mina and feeds her his own blood to control her. This curses Mina with vampirism, which causes the protagonists to pursue Dracula and kill him.

Rounding out the cast are Vincent Prologo, Joey Bruno, Allyson Cooper, Taryn Rothbauer, Stephanie Scheckelhoff, Kaitlyn Burrows and Alanna Holden. Stage managers are Grace Schuler, Rachel Daloise and Giannah Marasovich.

"Dracula" will be staged under the direction of Regina Olszewski Reynolds, assisted by Marlene Menaldi Strollo.

General admission tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

For more information, call 330-702-7128.

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