Perry High will premiere the debut fall play, Dracula this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. The horror-themed production was chosen by first-time High School Director, Randy Peterson.
“I’ve always loved the gothic-horror genre; I’m an English teacher by trade and I’ve always been interested in that kind of stuff,” said Randy Peterson, Director of Dracula. “I noticed that the show is like three-four days after Halloween so the timing of it was basically perfect.”
Peterson previously directed plays for the middle school, bringing to life shows such as Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland to name a few.
Dracula will embark in a 1890’s setting, revisiting familiar settings from Bram’s story including the castle of Dracula in Transylvania, the Wenstrom household in East Cliff, England and a crossroads in Transylvania beneath the cast of Dracula.
The cast totals around sixteen actors and thirteen members making up the team of technical crew.
“It’s typically needed for plays,” Peterson describes about the close ratio of technical crew to actors. “A lot of people don’t really understand how much technical work goes on, but there’s a lot.”
Tryouts for the production began the second week of school.
“We always practice in the evenings after sports practices are over,” Peterson said. “We practice generally three or four times a week and before tech. week, we were practicing about two hours a day every single practice.”
Those familiar with the story will enjoy this rendition of the play, Peterson hints.
“One of the things I think is really cool about this show is it pretty faithfully follows the novel,” Peterson described. “The book is about 300 pages, so it’s really been kind of interesting because it’s the book, but it’s the best parts of the book.”
“You think about all of the things happening when you’re ready the book, but to actually see it in front of you is like a way different experience.”
Dracula will show on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 dollars and can be purchased in the high school office or on the day of the show.