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"Dracula" descends on campus

Oct. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Just in time for Halloween, the University Theatre at Western Michigan University will present a chilling adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11-21. All productions will take place in Williams Theatre at WMU's Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Show times for University Theatre's "Dracula"

Thursday, Oct. 11 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 -- 8 p.m. and midnight
Sunday, Oct. 21 -- 2 p.m.

Steven Dietz's "Dracula" blends Victorian melodrama and contemporary horror into a suspenseful and seductive thriller. The production presents the audience with fragments of the story and allows them to piece the clues together. Due to strong sexual content and violence, this production is not suitable for young audiences.

Mark Liermann, WMU assistant professor of theatre, directs the "Dracula" cast and crew. The cast includes undergraduate theatre students Brooks Applegate, Tori Blade, Madison Comerzan, Jenna D'Angelo, Kim Krane, Paul Luoma, Zach Martens, Shannon Elizabeth McPhee, Patrick Newton, Topher Nuccio, Danielle Price, John Scranton and Sean Wilson. The creative team includes undergraduates Monica L. Carr, scenic designer; Rachel Engstrom, costume designer; Daniel Warneke, sound designer; Mary Katherine Burnett, properties designer; Jillian Kurtz, makeup designer; and Samantha Soska, stage manager. Also on the creative team are WMU faculty and staff members Matthew A. Knewtson, lighting designer; Micha Espinosa, vocal coach; and Garylee McCormick, hair designer.

Also working on the University Theatre production will be WMU alumnus and Emmy nominee Robert D. Maverick, a 1982 graduate who returns to his roots to design special effects makeup. Maverick, whose Hollywood credits include "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Star Trek" and "Face/Off," will be inducted into the WMU Department of Theatre Alumni Academy during the Friday, Oct. 12, performance.

General admission tickets for "Dracula" are $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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