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‘Twilight’ owes its popularity to monsters like he and Frankenstein. It’s tied into our culture,” said Patrick Wenk Wolff, who plays Dracula. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that when it was originally released in the late 19th Century, the first printing wasn’t very successful. Movies started making adaptations and that’s when the novel picked up steam.”
An interesting part of the show is that all the creepy sound effects will be made “the old fashioned way,” in the tradition of classic radio. “It adds to the Halloween ambiance, and makes it a very fun and spooky night.”
Directed by Matt August,
the story follows the infamous Count Dracula as he slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil necessary for his rest and protection when the sun shines. With the city helpless against his power, it’s up to the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing to stop the carnage.
“It’s great being the bad guy and the one people are scared of on the stage; just having that command and being terrifying is fun for any actor to play,” Wenk Wolff said. “It makes me giddy to be this powerful and imposing figure. Plus, I get to kiss pretty girls on the neck, which is a bonus.”
Wenk Wolff admitted he’s seen numerous actors take on the role before but he didn’t want to watch any of the movies once he got the part,
choosing to play the iconic role in his own way.
“I had played some zombies before and done some crummy little horror films, but nothing like the big bad that Dracula is,” he said. “Obviously, you can’t get away from Dracula just growing up in this country and there are certain traits he has to have. People expect the Transylvanian accent and you can’t deviate from that too much.”
The cast also includes Nicholas Hormann as the infamous Dr. Van Helsing, veteran horror film actor Skip Pipo as Renfield, and Michael Kirby,
Paul Culos, Graham Outerbridge, Alexis Jacknow and Summer Spiro round out the cast.
The battle of good and evil plays out as the night progresses and there’s many of the usual Dracula esque scenes you would expect.
A pre performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume to truly get in the Halloween spirit.
“What better way to spend Halloween than at a show like this?” Wenk Wolff said. “It’s a scary night and people get really into it. It’s better than watching a scary movie at home, because you can watch with a roomful of people and be terrified and excited. Plus,
you can come hang out with the cast afterwards and have a drink.”
Just be warned if you do: blood is most likely on the menu.
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