A Thirsty Vampire Is On the Loose in Premiere of "Dracula: The Musical" At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Oct. 20-31
Special Midnight and Halloween Shows

9/25/06


The cast of "Dracula: The Musical" includes: (sitting on floor, l. to r.) William Kamps, Ashley Anderson, Thomas Elijah Davis, and Sasha Alexandria; (seated on stools, l. to r.) Sean Downing, Charlene Angelini, and Drew Cyburt; (standing, l. to r., James Petro, Michaela Tomcho, David Weitzer, Michael Schiumo, Nicole Farina, Cecelia Ticktin, and Tom Bessellieu. Photo by David Ticktin

Take a spine-chilling trip to the dark side when the world's most notorious vampire descends upon MCCC's Kelsey Theatre this Halloween season. Cheng/Ferrara Productions presents the premiere of a new version of "Dracula: The Musical," with music by Frank Wildhorn, and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Two special performances have been included in Dracula's run: a midnight show on Saturday, Oct. 28 and an 8 p.m. show on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. An opening night reception will follow the October 20 performance to give the audience a chance to meet the cast and crew.

"Dracula: The Musical" tells the story of the infamous Count Dracula, a Romanian noble with a severe case of insomnia, who leaves his crumbling castle for new accommodations - and a fresh supply of blood - in London. Upon his arrival, the ancient vampire finds himself drawn to Mina Murray, the young fiancée of his London solicitor Jonathan Harker. The ensuing battle pits Mina against those who would destroy her - and those who would save her. The production includes a number of hits songs from composer Frank Wildhorn, including "The Mist," "Please Don't Make Me Love You," "Before the Summer Ends," and "Life After Life," as well as songs not heard in the original Broadway production and new orchestrations by Nicholas Cheng. Wildhorn is directly involved in the development of the production, and will lead a master class following the matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 22. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Nicholas Cheng and choreography by Jillian Potash.

The production at Kelsey Theatre stars David Weitzer as Dracula. Mr. Weitzer, who joins the cast by special arrangement with the Actors' Equity Association, most recently performed in the rock musical Autum Moon at the Wings Theatre in New York City. He has appeared in dozens of professional, educational, and community productions in this area, and has been nominated three times for a Perry Award for Excellence in Community Theatre (winning in 2002 for Jekyll and Hyde).

Starring in "Dracula: The Musical" are David Weitzer as Dracula, Michaela Tomcho (left) as Mina and Charlene Angelini as Lucy.
Featured as "Vampire Girls" are Nicole Farina, front, Sasha Alexandria, left, and Ashley Anderson.

Also starring are: Michaela Tomcho as Mina Murray and Charlene Angelini as Lucy Westenra. Miss Tomcho recently received her second nomination for a Perry Award for Outstanding Young Actress in a Musical (for 2005's Bye, Bye, Birdie); she has performed on the U.S. National Tour of The Sound of Music and as a backup singer for Celine Dion at Caesar's Palace. Charlene Angelini graduated from West Virginia University as a Vocal and Piano Performance Major in 2004; her recent credits include Lily Craven in The Secret Garden, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Hedy la Rue in How to Succeed...

The rest of the talented cast blends familiar area performers with singers and actors from around the state. Drew Cyburt takes on the rock tenor role of the lunatic Renfield, while veteran Kelsey performer Tom Bessellieu (most recently seen as Gus/Growltiger in Cats and Uncle Ernie in The Who's Tommy) appears as vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. Jim Petro plays Jonathan Harker. Lucy's three suitors are Sean Downing as Arthur Holmwood, Bill Kamps as Dr. Jack Seward, and Michael Schiumo as Quincey Morris. Ashley Anderson, Nicole Farina, and Sasha Alexandria play vampires who have succumbed to Dracula's mesmerizing power. Rounding out the company are Cecelia Ticktin, Kevin Palardy, and the cast's youngest member, Thomas Elijah Davis. For cast bios, pictures, and other information, visit the Cheng/Ferrara Productions website.

"Dracula: The Musical," based on Bram Stoker's classic novel, premiered at Broadway's Belasco Theatre on July 30, 2004. After the production closed in January 2005, Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Victor/Victoria) joined with Academy Award-winning librettists Black and Hampton to reconstruct the show prior to a sold-out run at Stadttheater in St.Gallen, Switzerland. The production at Kelsey Theatre will mark both the first time "Dracula: The Musical" will be presented by a nonequity theatre company, and the first time this revised edition of the work will be performed in the United States.

Tickets for "Dracula" are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Note: The show may be inappropriate for audiences under the age of 13. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.
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