Award-winning director Christopher Key brings Bram Stoker's horror classic to the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven. Working from an adaptation by famed British playwrights Jane Thornton and John Godber, Key has chosen to cast against type for many of the roles. This brings a whole new perspective to a familiar story.
Rather than the traditional tall, dark-haired Dracula, Key has cast Bellingham favorite TJ Anderson in the role. Anderson is of small stature, blond and bearded. "TJ is a very non-traditional Dracula," Key said. "But his acting chops and booming baritone voice make him a very scary vampire."
Key has chosen to cast Dr. Van Helsing as a woman. The magnetic Sonia Alexis, who is one of the most sought-after actors in the area, will bring a whole new dimension to the character. Renfield, the insect-eating inmate of Dr. Seward's asylum, will be played by Kathy Peacock, another ground-breaking departure from traditional male casting.
Dr. Seward will be played by local legend Paul Henderson II, more well-known for his comedic roles. Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker will be portrayed by sisters Sidney Balfour and Savanna Balfour, both graduates of the well-respected Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth.
Conner Vis plays Jonathan Harker and Korey Tiderington plays Arthur Holmwood. These two young actors have already proved themselves in several local productions. All of the actors will double in smaller parts.
"With all of the recent revisions of vampire mythology on TV and in the movies, I felt it was important to get back to the original, and far more horrifying, Dracula," Key said. "This production will emphasize both the terrifying price of immortality and the essential eroticism of the vampiric legend."
The Firehouse Performing Arts Center (View)
1314 Harris Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|