Dracula Rises in Wimberley - The Wimberley Players Perform the Bram Stoker Gothic Horror Adapted for Stage by Steven Dietz in Special Pre-Hallowe'en Treat
Performances run each weekend from September 26 through October 19, 2008 at the Wimberley Playhouse on Old Kyle Road.


Count Dracula, the most famous vampire of literature, film and stage, is coming to Wimberley. Dracula will be performed by the Wimberley Players each weekend from September 26 to October 19. The play, written by UT faculty member Steven Dietz, is adapted from the classic story by Bram Stoker, written in 1897.


The fast-moving story takes the audience from London to Transylvania, moving quickly from bedroom to cell, from Dracula's castle to the guest room at an asylum. Dracula's potential victims keep secrets from one another, but the secrecy buys the vampire more time. Individually, the characters try to piece together clues of the Count's appearances in an effort to save themselves from a hideous fate. It falls to the audience to put the terrifying jigsaw puzzle together.

"Dracula" director is Lee Cole-Atnip, Wimberley's summer theatre boot camp director. Producer and set designer is Charlotte Caldwell. The bloodthirsty Count is portrayed by Rick Billings.  Renfield, Dracula's mad servant, is played by David Bisett. Katie Meldrum is Mina and Rebecca Ferguson plays Lucy, Mina's friend; Chris Higgins is Harker, a solicitor seeking Lucy's hand. Derek Smootz plays Seward (another of Lucy's three suitors, and head of a lunatic asylum) and Dan Williams is Van Helsing, a professor. Other cast members are Coy Branscum, Marvin Carson, Rebecca Stokinger, Gina McClure, Bert Flanagan and Penny Stone.

"Yes, it is Gothic horror, but it is also a 'Beauty and the Beast,' adult version," says Cole-Atnip. "The battle of good and evil is always fascinating, especially when the monster is not always so obviously scary." She continues, "The ladies in the audience will find their hearts pounding for many reasons besides the terror. Rick Billings is an excitingly hot and sexy beast who charms his victims with his humor and vitality."
 
Dracula is being performed at the Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. Performances are 8:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 on Sundays. On opening night, September 26, a special reception will be held before and after the show, with fine hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

Tickets can be reserved at (512) 847-0575 starting September 15. Beginning September 22, tickets will be available at the theatre box office Monday through Friday from 1:00-5:00. All tickets are $15 except Opening Night ($20). Visa and MasterCard are accepted.


RELATED LINKS

The Wimberley Players

Dracula, by Bram Stoker
- the classic Gothic horror Steven Dietz adpated for the stage,
performed in Wimberley by the Wimberley Players.



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