OTTUMWA — The fangs are coming out at Indian Hills Community College in the upcoming William McNulty adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror, “Dracula.” This action-packed and blood-soaked retelling will run from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. in St. John Auditorium on the college’s Ottumwa Campus. Admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to reserve seats by calling (641) 683-5144.
Count Dracula and his Vampire Brides have left Castle Dracula and arrived in England to take up residence at Carfax Abbey. Next door to the abbey is the asylum for the insane run by Dr. Thomas Seward and his assistant, Margaret Sullivan. Upon Dracula’s arrival, the inmates of the asylum grow restless and uncontrollable as inmate Robert Renfield gradually comes under Dracula’s control.
“There are no sparkly vampires in this version,” said Dr. Jennifer Boyenga, play director. “There is nothing romantic or campy about this legendary character.”
Dracula is played by Tyler Breeding (Fairfield) and Dracula’s shape-changing monster is played by Ethan Goetz (Oskaloosa). Dracula’s Vampire Brides are played by Beth Pickens (Ottumwa), Charlotte Anderson (Ottumwa) and Holly Woodley (Centerville). Running the asylum as Dr. Seward and Miss Sullivan are Andrew Milder and Molly Overturf (both of Ottumwa).
Dr. Seward’s love interest is the recently-deceased Mina Grant (Victoriana Wiebe - Numa) and Lucy Westphal is Mina’s best friend (Larissa Mincks – Ottumwa). Lucy’s fiancé is the missing Jonathan Harker, played by Lucas Burtlow (Ollie).