C.O.D. College Theatre Presents 'Dracula' Oct. 16 to Nov. 1

While no one has been able to pinpoint the cause of Lucy Seward’s mysterious illness, this exciting drama explores whether the unconventional Dr. Van Helsing’s instincts might be correct that her new neighbor, Count Dracula, is to blame.

Join College of DuPage’s College Theatre for a staging of Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” Oct. 16 to Nov. 1 in the Studio Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

A preview performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, and features a pre-show discussion at 6:45 p.m. Regular performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and
2 p.m. Sundays. A post-show discussion will follow the Friday, Oct. 23, performance.

Stoker’s Gothic novel continues to draw audiences with its tale of the ominous Count Dracula. Coinciding with the Halloween season, College Theatre’s production of “Dracula” also presents an opportunity for production crew members to create memorable special effects.

“How do you kill a vampire on stage so that it’s believable?” asked Amelia Barrett, associate Theater professor and director. “We’re challenged, in a way, because while our Studio Theatre is a small, intimate space and really makes the audience feel part of the production, you have to be sure to keep the magic behind the effects a mystery.”

Since the first film adaptation of Stoker’s horror classic in 1922, more than a hundred other vampire films have been made and countless other books written.

“Even today, we continue our fascination with vampires, not only through traditional horror films, but through young adult books which have also jumped on the bandwagon,” Barrett said. “It’s the draw of the dangerous that keep us coming back for more.”

Tickets to College Theatre’s production of “Dracula” are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, College of DuPage students and youth. The production contains adult themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000, or visit: www.atthemac.org.

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