Vampire Is On the Loose in Premiere of "Dracula: The Musical"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Oct. 20-31
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.
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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