Bone-chilling ‘Dracula’ plays at Lyric Arts

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage joins the vampire craze with its current production of the bone-chilling “Dracula,” just in time for Halloween.

Ali Close is Mina and Benjamin Kolis is Dracula in Lyric Arts Main Street Stage’s current production of “Dracula.” The show runs through Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of David Setness

Ali Close is Mina and Benjamin Kolis is Dracula in Lyric Arts Main Street Stage’s current production of “Dracula.” The show runs through Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of David Setness

The show, based on Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 Gothic horror novel of the same name, is an adaptation penned by Stephen Dietz.

“This is a terrifyingly accurate adaptation of Stoker’s novel – blood and all – and is something that will get pulses racing,” said director Mark Hauck.

But the story is much more. It brings to stage a variety of complex characters, powerful emotions and the question of right versus wrong when no answer exists.

Set in 1890s England, a young couple fall prey to the charms of Dracula. His plot is to claim ultimate power. Professor Van Helsing is the only man who knows the depth of terror Dracula is capable of unleashing on London. A struggle between good and evil ensues in this classic thriller. Who will win?

This show marks the directorial debut of Hauck at Lyric Arts, but he has a history of theater involvements in the region. Hauck founded the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona and teaches theater at Hopkins High School. Most recently, he directed “Romeo and Juliet” at Public Theater of Minnesota.

Amber Leone of Ramsey plays a number of roles in the production, ranging from vixen to nun to maid.

Founded in 1995, Lyric Arts’ mission is to build community, inspire audiences and nurture artists using the transformative power of the performing arts. The theater offers year-round performances, theater workshops and education outreach programs.

Lyric Arts’ “Dracula” runs through Oct. 28. Tickets are $12-$22. The theater is located at 420 E. Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call 763-422-1838.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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