‘Dracula’ next Page and Stage experience

The Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, will offer a Page and Stage experience Sunday, Oct. 21 beginning at noon at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

Participants will take a closer look at “Dracula,” adapted by Steven Dietz in 1996 from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel.

“This is perfect timing for this experience to be held in Anoka, the Halloween Capitol of the World,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart.

“For all the fans of the ‘Twilight’ series and others like it, this is a great way to see where this particular brand of horror genre got its start!”

In the play, travel with Count Dracula from Transylvania to England as he manipulates his young legal adviser and then preys on the man’s devoted fiancée.

Only Professor Van Helsing truly understands the magnitude of the terror that is about to be unleashed upon the city of London in this classic – and bloody – gothic thriller.

“Join fellow theater enthusiasts for a thought provoking discussion before the play,” said Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle.

“And stay after to hear from the director and actors about how they created the characters and drama. It’s a fascinating look into the world of theater.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited.

To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library “Dracula” Page and Stage program.

Participants must register by Oct. 12 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

Once registered, participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.

Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters and “what to look for” in the performance.

Tibbetts has directed “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Visitor from Hollywood” at Lyric Arts, and has worked as a director, actor, playwright and performance teacher at theaters and schools across the country.

Participants will watch the performance of “Dracula” and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

To register, call 763-433-2510, extension 101.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit www.lyricarts.org. For more information about this program and the Anoka County Library, visit www.anokacountylibrary.org.

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