Sink your teeth into Lyric Arts’ production of classic thriller ‘Dracula’

Lyric Arts hopes to haunt Anoka, the Halloween Capital of the World, this fall with their

Amber Leone as a Vixen, Benjamin Kolis as Dracula, and Alison Anderson as a Vixen in Dracula at Lyric Arts October 12-28. (Photo by David Setness)

Amber Leone as a Vixen, Benjamin Kolis as Dracula, and Alison Anderson as a Vixen in Dracula at Lyric Arts October 12-28. (Photo by David Setness)

bone-chilling adaptation of Bram Stroker’s famous novel, Dracula.
Stephen Dietz’s faithful and frightening rendition of the classic story, Dracula, is brought to life to recount the rise and fall of one of the most famous literary monsters ever created. The scene is 1890s England, where a young legal advisor and his fiancée fall prey to the charms of the count of Transylvania falling deeper and deeper into Dracula’s plot to obtain ultimate power. Only one professor knows the true magnitude of terror that the mysterious count will unleash on the city of London, and it is up to Van Helsing to stop him at all costs. A fight to the death is imminent as the infamous struggle between good and evil elevates to a tipping point in this gothic—and bloody—classic thriller.
“This is a terrifyingly accurate adaptation of the Stroker’s novel—blood and all—and is something that will get pulses racing,” says Director Mark Hauck, “and although it is the perfect Halloween show, it is also much more than just shock and awe effects. The story contains complex characters dealing with powerful emotions, and the conundrum of determining what is right and wrong when no true answer exists.”
This will be Hauck’s first time directing a show for Lyric Arts. He has previously founded the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, along with teaching theater at Hopkins High School. His most recent undertaking was directing Romeo and Juliet for the Public Theater of Minnesota this past July.

Ali Close as Mina and Benjamin Kolis as Dracula in Dracula at Lyric Arts October 12-28. (Photo by David Setness)

Ali Close as Mina and Benjamin Kolis as Dracula in Dracula at Lyric Arts October 12-28. (Photo by David Setness)

“I’m ecstatic with how Dracula has developed over the past few months, and hope that I did the Halloween capital of the world proud,” commented Hauck
Patrons looking to begin their Halloween festivities early are invited to attend the Lyric Arts’ exclusive “Opening Night Gala” for Dracula on October 12. Registered guests will be provided heavy appetizers and bottomless drinks before the show, a V.I.P. line during intermission, and dessert afterwards with the cast and crew for only $18 over the price of a ticket.
Theater lovers, literary fans, and Halloween enthusiasts alike are also welcome to join in an exciting “Page and Stage” event sponsored by the Anoka County Library on October 21. All registered guests are provided with a free Dracula script and are invited to an exclusive facilitated discussion before the show. Guests are also welcome to stay after the show for a unique talk-back question and answer session with the Dracula cast and crew. All talk-back events take place after the show and are open to the public. To reserve your place for the “Page and Stage” event contact Alison Hall at 763-433-2510, ex. 101 or info@lyricarts.org

If you go…
Dracula opens Oct.12 and runs through Oct. 28. Tickets for the production and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at www.lyricarts.org.

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