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"Dracula" Rises Again At The Alban

Reported: Feb. 13, 2014 6:07 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 6:15 PM EST
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker, "Dracula" is the 1924 London play that was the first adaptation of the book authorized by Stoker's widow.

Three years later it moved to Broadway starring Bela Lugosi in the title role, which was his first major English-speaking part. He revised and was forever immortalized as the character in the famous 1931 film version.

"This is the original 1927 Broadway version that was done actually with Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing on Broadway in 1927," Gary Brown (Van Helsing) said. "So, this is the original. Don't accept any imitations."

"If they're looking for adventure, thrills and scares and dogs howling and of course small laughs in between," Cassandra Phelps (Miss Wells) said. "It's just a really good time."

As the play begins, Dracula is already in 1920s London, stalking the streets for his prey.

With the assistance of his faithful servant Renfield, Dracula is a threat to every living being. Only the efforts of Dr. Seward, who presides over a sanitarium, the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker can save the young and beautiful Lucy from a fate worse than death.

"Dracula is one of "the" characters," Aaron Sheppard (Dracula) said. "To be a performer it's one of those that you strive to be. Like playing Superman, Batman in our generation. This is from before. He's been around forever and is still iconic to this day. So it's some pretty big fangs to fill."

The Alban Arts Center presents "Dracula".
February 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 pm
February 16, 23 at 2:00 pm
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors/Children
Alban Arts Center
65 Olde Main Street
St. Albans, West Virginia

CAST
Dracula-Aaron Sheppard
Van Helsing-Gary Brown
Dr. Seward-Richard D. Fleenor
Harker-Jeremy Michael Burns
Lucy-Emily Alice Dunn
Renfield-Ethan Lyvers
Attendant-Pat Rader
Maid-Cassandra Phelps

CREW
Director-Norman F. Clerc
Assistant Director-Jenn Elizabeth Carpenter
Stage Manager-Ethan Lyvers
Technical Director-John Halstead
Costume Designer-Kelly West



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