17 October 2010

Dracula at the Blue Slipper, Livingston, MT

Dracula Haunts Blue Slipper

This Halloween season, Livingston’s Blue Slipper Theatre will offer a terrifying and erotically-charged production of Steven Dietz’s Dracula, directed by Marc Beaudin, from October 8 through 30, at 113 E. Callender Street, downtown Livingston. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, with Sunday matinees on October 17 and 24, at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and seniors) and may be reserved by calling the Blue Slipper Box Office at 222-7720.

Dietz’s Dracula, based closely on the iconic Bram Stoker novel, takes the audience on an exhilarating and frightful journey through the dark and mysterious world of Count Dracula. With powerful delving into the complexities of good and evil, as well as un-nerving effects and music, director Beaudin hopes to give Livingston a show to remember (and be haunted by) for a long, long time.

Beaudin, who has directed numerous shows in Michigan, including acclaimed productions of Amadeus, The Exonerated, Macbeth, and The Women of Lockerbie, as well as several plays written by him, most notably Frankenstein, Inc., makes his Montana debut with this production. He reports, “It’s exciting to finally have the chance to work with the talented people of the Blue Slipper, and inspiring to dig into such a challenging script with such an adept and hard-working cast.” In addition to his theatre work, Beaudin is also a poet who performs his work at venues around the country and often at the Pine Creek Café. His website is www.crowvoice.com.

The cast features veterans of Livingston and Bozeman stages, as well as exciting newcomers. James Guglielmo is “Dracula,” the mesmerizing count newly arrived from Transylvania. Aaron Scheurr is “Renfield,” an incarcerated lunatic who has a mysterious connection to Dracula. Alexis Weinkauf and Larissa Holdorf play “Lucy” and “Mina” respectively, young women who are drawn into the vampire’s deadly power. “Dr. Seward,” the head of a lunatic asylum, is played by Bret Kinslow, and Chris DeJohn plays “Harker” a lawyer lured into the horrible secrets of Castle Dracula. Rebecca Thomas, Justin Weisgerber, Scott Romsos, Rose Boyer and Jenny Jo Allen round out the cast, playing a collection of asylum attendants, servants and undead vixens under the control of Count Dracula.

Parents should be warned that this production contains scenes of a graphic and terrifying nature that may not be suitable for all ages. Reservations are highly encouraged and more information can be found by visiting www.blueslipper.com.

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