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New life in ‘Dracula’

Play captures the true essence of the original novel

Posted: October 15, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Justin Barnes as Dracula, with Carole Catanzaro as Lucy in the background. “Dracula” opens Oct. 21.

"Dracula" will stalk the Valencia High School Theater Oct. 21 through 23 at 7 p.m. and also at 2 p.m. on Oct 23. The play, adapted by Eric Clarke, is "a bloody new adaptation of the timeless tale" by Bram Stoker.

Clark said of his play, "Basically, I wanted to breathe new life into the age-old tale. Bram Stoker was actually quite a prolific writer, and "Dracula" in particular is so enduring partially because it's such a good story in itself. Unfortunately most of the world knows about the Dracula character through Hollywood, and although there has been a couple of good versions, no one that I know of has really captured the true essence of the original novel. And that's what we're trying to do here on stage within our means, to respect the characters, the structure of the story, the flow of events in it, and yet make it theatrical. However our vampires don't sparkle."

General admission to "Dracula" is $10. To purchase tickets call (661) 294-1188, ext. 522 or e-mail The Valencia High School Auditorium is located at 27802 North Dikason Drive, Valencia, CA 91355.


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