COUNT DRACULA

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CAST OF CHARACTERS
Sybil SewardBeth Kraft
HennesseyJay Mower
Dr. Arthur SewardJeffrey Thurman
RenfieldMichael Weinstein
WesleyJohn Tessmer
Jonathan HarkerJim Payton
MinaCassandra Hawkins
Count DraculaAndrew Rowe
Heinrich Van HelsingDaniel Grossbard


SCENE

An ancient castle renovated to accomodate Dr. Seward's living quarters and asylum for the insane.



Act One - An autumn evening

Act Two - Nearly midnight, three nights later.

Act Three, Scene 1 - Twenty-eight hours later, before dawn.

Act Three, Scene 2 - The Crypt at daybreak.



Newspaper picture DRACULA

Review by Vinny Ferrelli

There is frequently a very thin line between horror and comedy, both in film and on the stage. Most classic horror films contain a comic character to ease the dramatic burden a bit and provide a respite from a continuous emotional involvement by the audience. On the stage particularly, an arch-villain or antihero is apt to be endowed by the author with a sharp wit, or cynical sense of humor as a backdrop to the darker areas of his personality and the contrast tends to be a very beneficial aid to the flow and development of the plot. A prime example is the title rold in Count Dracula, POWPAC's Halloween offering. Ranking amont the most complex roes penned for a horror story, the Count must have the correct portions of evil, suave, sex appeal, cunning, wit, arrogarnce, and humor. Fortunately for POWPAC, Andrew Rowe fulfilled all the above requirements with some to spare. His hypnotic baritone voice held the house in trance while he filled the stage with an ominous bat-like presence which would compete with Christopher Lee. Rowe's versatility as a comic and master piano player in "el grande de coca-cola" and now the demonic Dracula leaves one anxious to see more of him on the boards. Beth Kraft was delicious as the sibilant Sybil Seward while Jeffrey Thurman was a precise, if not underplayed Arthur Seward. His performance tended to stay on one level and I know from previous work that he is capable of multiple levels of energy; less intensity would have enhanced his character. Cassandra Hawkins was a chilling Mina, the frail aristocrat turned vampire. She was able to make the transition between human and vampire with an agility rarely seen outside professional theatre. Barbara Steele has nothing on you, Cass! Daniel Grossbard, as Van Helsing, was everything Peter Cushing was not. In the past, I've compared the failure to live up to the aura created by a particular actor in a role as a production pitfall. In this case, it was a credit to the abilities of this fine performer to create a "country doctor" type Van Helsing as crisp as fresh celery.

The triumvirate of directors, Helen Shalvoy, Danny Morris, and Annette Huffman put together a fine cohesive cast with several supporting roles helping, more or less, to create a truly chilling experience. The set was a curious mixture of sitting room and stone cave. POWPAC would do well to invest in a dimmer board; otherwise, the lighting was primarily on-off. I'm not sure the strobe light achieved itsdesired effect until the bat scene. John Grantham did a fine job on specials including a flying bat, the visage of Dracula in a picture, gunshots and screams. Except for a rather anticlimatic death of Count Dracula, Halloween was particularly chilly in Poway due to this show.



PRODUCTION CREW
DirectorsHelen Shalvoy, Danny Morris, Annette HuffmanPrintingMicro Service
ProducerJohn GranthamProgramSandy Roseland, Jim Payton
Stage ManagerJohn GranthamFlyersSandy Roseland
Set DesignerJohn Grantham, Diana SmithTicket ManagersBob Link, Faith Link
Lighting DesignJim MillardPublicityDanny Morris, Claire Bugado
Sound DesignKen BowersPortrait ArtistJeffrey Adzima
Costume DesignPat Paulson, Danny MorrisHouse ManagersNancy Green, Annette Huffman
Special EffectsJohn GranthamHospitalityBrenda Robinson, Peggy Hughs, Annette, Nancy
PropsPam BlockStage CrewLynn Pederson, Jeanine Mueller, Gail Miller, Pam Block
Make UpGail Miller, Peggy MakiSet ConstructionNorm Green, Dan Huffman, Diana Smith, Doreen Jacobs, John Seagren, Ed Heaton, Ken Bower, Jerry Hughs, John Grantham, Lynn Pederson, Barbara Adzima, Jeanine Mueller
Program CoverSandy Roseland


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