Baldwinsville Theatre Guild invited CNY Alive out for a night with Dracula, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
I wasn’t sure what might come of the evening, how do you tell this story on stage. The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild did it and did very well to say the least. Right from the opening curtain, you knew these were professionals. From the stage and costume designs to the accents of the language for the period.
The curious beginning with Renfield, Dan Rowlands, was perfect to get your attention. Throughout the night he was the oddity and the character that was probably most memorable. I am sure this wasn’t an easy part for Dan or maybe it was?
All photos are provided by AB Photography (Amelia Beamish).
The cast was superb in their performances. Lucy, played by Alyssa Ashly Otoski Keim, claimed the stage and held your attention through her transition from a playful girl to, well I won’t give away the story. You could tell this story was one of Alyssa’s favorites.
Jonathan Harker, played by Cory Hopkins, who is normally performing in musicals delivered a powerful performance. The lovely Mina Murray, (Spoiler Alert) the fiancé of Jonathan and the force to defeat Evil in the end, played by Julia Jaremko tied the whole story together.
Doctor John Steward, played by Michael Richard King tries to understand what is happening to the love of his life Lucy and uses his skills as a physician to piece together the connection between Lucy and Renfield, for help he calls on Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
Simon Moody gives a stunning performance of Van Helsing, if you close your eyes and just listen to his voice, you’d swear Anthony Hopkins was on stage. Van Helsing, driven to rid the world of Vampires he uses all his skills to protect Mina and defeat Dracula. With a strong powerful voice Trevor Hill gives a chilling performance of Count Dracula.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a perfect play for October and November. Transition from scene to scene was almost un-noticed. The players acted through each scene change with a well design stage layout. Perfect lighting kept you focused on the action. A great play done by professional performers and Director is always worth your time and this one is not to be missed.