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Horror Classic ‘Dracula’ Offers a Frighteningly Good Time

The theatric performance of “Dracula” features a massive moving set, bloody special effects and dialogue that requires the mastery of different dialects.

Alma College Theatre open its 2017-18 season a few days shy of Halloween with its rendition of the horror classic “Dracula” as adapted by William McNulty.

The arrival of Count Dracula from Transylvania brings with it strange disappearances and a mysterious illness characterized by loss of blood, bouts of sleepwalking through cemeteries and strange puncture wounds on the neck.

In desperation, Dr. Seward consults Dr. Van Helsing, an expert in exotic medicine, who deduces that the culprit must be a vampire. Seward and Van Helsing must find and destroy the blood-sucking demon in time to save his next victim, the lovely Lucy Westphal.

“Dracula” performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 28 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“Dracula” provides specific challenges, not only for the actors but for the technical crew as well with a massive moving set and many bloody special effects. The show will offer a “spectacular debut” for new faculty scene designer Terry Jachimiak, says Scott Mackenzie, theatre director.

“This show requires a lot of ambition, from set design, to performing stage combat and the mastery of different dialects. It’s exciting seeing all of the hard work come together,” says James Ewald, who will play the role of Count Dracula. “’Dracula’ is the third show I’ll have performed in at Alma College, and it is the grandest show I’ll have performed in during my entire theatrical career.”

Being a part of “Dracula” has been “one of the most incredible experiences of my first year at Alma,” says Carly Christie, who plays the role of Van Helsing. “I have learned so much that will stay with me for the rest of my life and help me pursue my passion of acting.”

“I am very happy with our students both in the cast and behind the scenes,” says Mackenzie. “They are always very dedicated to doing the best work they can.”

“Dracula” student actors include:

  • Merek Alam, Davison sophomore
  • Jacob Bendele, St. Johns sophomore
  • Jarrett Buikema, Rochester first-year student
  • Daniel Chalice, Fennville first-year student
  • Carly Christie, Bay City first-year student
  • Asiel Clark, Lincoln Park sophomore
  • James Ewald, Flushing junior
  • Maxwell Flagler, Spring Lake senior
  • Conner Garma, West Branch sophomore
  • Taylor-Nicole Kissel, Holland first-year student
  • Kailen Roop, East Leroy first-year student
  • Star Stevens, West Branch sophomore
  • Haley Valente, Hope Mills, N.C., senior
Story published on October 11, 2017