Huntington High Stages 'Dracula'

By: Marina Jurica Email
By: Marina Jurica Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The vampire craze has been popular on TV shows like “True Blood” and in books like “Twilight,” and now Huntington High School will bring the original vampire to the stage.

They will perform Bram Stoker’s "Dracula," a haunting tale about the vampire who started it all, which was first published in the late 1800s and is still as scary today as it was back then.

“He was a rich, wealthy, affluent man he was very charismatic,” said Garrison Crews, who plays Dracula in the production. “You meet him and he’s very nice, very seductive for women. But then if you make him angry, he's angry, and if you meet him in a dark alley at night, you better watch out. So it does humanize him in that he is not a monster or a spirit of the night; at the same time, he's still very scary.”

The character development and drama is part of what keeps this classic story so popular.

"I definitely think they're going to enjoy just the action between Dracula and some of the other characters," said Tasha Blankenship, who plays Lucy. "I think they will enjoy the love story and kind of the twist that Bram Stoker puts on Dracula."

In addition to the script, the students have put a lot of work into the staging.

"They are going to see a lot of blood and a lot of special effects," said Lexie Thompson who plays Mina. "The special effects are going to be amazing. They're going to have a good time because it's a good show."

So as the sky turns dark and the students transform into their characters, Huntington will emerge as Transylvania to the audience.

"People are going to get spooked and I think they are just going to live it and leave the audience thinking, ‘Wow, that was well worth $5 and my time,’ " Blankenship said.

There should be no question the quality of the show will be high. Huntington High's theater program is recognized as the best program in the state and one of the top in the nation. It takes a lot of hard work, but the benefits will last forever.

"Everything that I have learned here, you know, my leadership skills being a part of a team, have taught me to be a better person and I am really excited about that," said Elijah Boyles, who plays Mr. Renfield.

Crews also said he has learned a lot from the program.

"It’s really shown me how to handle myself in front of a group of people," he said.

The cast revealed they’ve got surprises in store for their audience.

Dracula will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Huntington High School theater.

Friday there will be cash prizes for the best costume and a special midnight masquerade show.

Tickets are $5. For more information, call 304-528-6435.

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