When people think of classic scary stories, Dracula always makes the list. This November, the Pearl City Players (PCP) will bring this iconic vampire tale to life on stage.
According to Cali Van Zandt, the play Dracula stays true to the plot of Bram Stoker’s original novel in many ways. Set in London in the 1890s, Jonathan and Mina Harkness, along with their friends Arthur Holmwood, Quincey Morris, Dr. John Seward, and Abraham Van Helsing, must determine how to stop Dracula from turning innocent citizens into vampires. A deeply suspenseful play, it truly brings the world’s most famous vampire to life.
Usually a very methodical director, Van Zandt shared that she chose Dracula on a whim and felt elated to get it picked. “Our play selection for upcoming seasons is never easy,” she stated. “We bring about five to ten shows to the table and board members as well as members that have paid dues can vote. Dracula was actually a spur of the moment decision that I felt very passionate about and was thrilled when it was voted on for the fall show.”
An intricate production, Van Zandt reported that actors have worked on it since August 8th. Despite her initial nerves, Van Zandt has found her cast up to the challenge and believes audiences will enjoy watching Dracula as much as she enjoyed directing it. “I was nervous to take on such a classic, but I have the most amazing cast out there. We have veterans and newcomers alike and it’s like they were always meant to play these roles! They make it so easy to direct them and watching their magic take place every night . . .. The acting is just phenomenal! This will be a show you don’t want to miss!”
Visually stunning, PCP’s Dracula will feature Victorian era costumes as well as multiple sets. “This show has lots of moving parts and . . . light changes,” Detailed Van Zandt. “We have three sets, if you will, on stage at all times and switch between them using light cues.” she added.
Paired together with elaborate theatre decorations, these elements will truly draw audiences in and make them feel a part of this outstanding production. “My vision for this show is a fully immersive experience,” said Van Zandt. “As soon as the audience walks through the doors, they will be greeted by lobby help and ushers in capes. We will have the lobby and theatre decorated in true Victorian Halloween fashion.”
PCP will perform Dracula at the Muscatine Performing Arts Center (Central Middle School Auditorium) on November 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm and November 3rd at 2:00 pm. Along with the show, Van Zandt encourages you to come out and bid in the PCP’s vintage Dracula poster silent auction and sample Kira Reed’s delicious Dracula themed cupcakes.