Once again, the cast and crew of the La Canada Playhouse has escorted its audience to the cold, dark, forbidding castle awaiting them in Transylvania during their frightful production of Dracula.
Audience members journeyed with the characters as they struggled to uncover a haunting mystery involving several unexplained deaths before falling into danger of their own. “Filled with nonstop thrills,” said theatre teacher and director Justin Eick, “Our production of Stoker’s masterpiece is sure to keep the audience on the edge of its seat.”
Performing this adaptation of the classic novel as a dramatic production is a great way to connect contemporary audiences and students to the literature of the Victorian era, which was the birthplace of the gothic horror genre, including other works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the heart-pounding works of Edgar Allen Poe. Bram Stoker's gothic horror novel Dracula was published in 1897. As explained by Eick, “The current production at LCHS is perhaps the most faithful stage adaptation to date, retaining almost all of the original characters from the novel while pulling nearly all of its dialogue word-for-word from Stoker’s text.”
Eick and his crew skillfully created an eerie atmosphere by transforming the stage into a gloomy medieval castle, and his cast excellently depicted a story to stir the heart and chill the blood.