Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula comes to life this Halloween weekend as the Branson Regional Arts Council presents William McNulty’s thrilling stage adaptation of this horrifying novel.

Nate Schaefer (Dracula) gives a biting performance with Aline O’Neill (Lucy)

Performances for the PG-13 rated thriller are scheduled for Thursday, Oct 29th (7pm), Friday, Oct 30th (7pm & 11pm), and Saturday, Oct 31st (2pm & 9pm). Face masks will be required inside the theatre venue, except when seated for the production. Social distanced seating will be implemented and tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix, or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255. Admission for Adults (18+) is $16.95 and Youth (17 and under) are $11.45. Proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

The novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, was published in 1896 and has remained a classic story with many renditions. In the story, an intrepid band of vampire hunters attempt to end an ancient evil, tying together Carpathian folk tales of the Nosferatu and the historical Voivode Vlad Tepes, known as Dracula. Stoker imagined a being of immense but evil cunning, a shapeshifting predator, and a power-hungry conqueror from an earlier age.

The novel, first presented as a stage play in 1927, has been presented all over the world and is the basis for the 1931 classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. McNulty freely uses this stage play in his adaptation. Dracula has had many different incarnations – Lugosi played him with snake-like aristocracy, Gary Oldman as a tragic figure of epic overreach, and Christopher Lee as a controlling madman. This production of Dracula is closest to Stoker’s imagination: he is a beast with two personalities, one all primal bloodlust, the other a time-displaced medieval dictator who lives to enthrall, enslave, and control.

In the play, Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula. But the Count is exceedingly resourceful, employing superhuman strength, psychic powers, and shape-changing to confound and frustrate his antagonists. Culminating in a wild and shocking confrontation between the King of Vampires and those who would rid the world of him, this adaptation is an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror.

Cast members of Dracula include: Alex Harris (Dr. Thomas Seward), Nate Schaefer (Count Dracula), Robert Hazlette (Professor Abram Van Helsing), Somer Dean (Mina Grant), Joey Blackwood (Jonathan Harker), Greg Haywood (Robert Renfield), Jennifer Kersey (Miss Sullivan), Aline O’Neill (Lucy Westphal), Sean Myers (Norbert Griggs), Tucker Rullman (The Monster), Bethany Mecke, Lindsey Breeden & Taylor Haverstick (The Brides), and Londyn Mitchell (The Child).

The production team for Dracula include Jacob Deck (Director), Kim Hale, Karie Dykeman and Lisa Murphy (Producers), Lorie Best (Assistant Producer), Karie Dykeman (Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Sound Technician), Lex Pearson (Special Technical Effects), Jonathan Crum (Costume Design), Sara Williams (Assistant), and Jim Barber (Marketing).

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