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Theatre department presents Dracula

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The Penn State Berks Theatre program will present a performance of Bram Stoker's Dracula, from November 5-8 and 12-15, at 8:00 p.m. (Sundays at 2:00 p.m.) in the Perkins Student Center Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Penn State faculty and staff with ID, and $2 for Penn State students with ID.

The production was written by Steven Dietz and directed by Cleo House, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Program Coordinator for the Theatre degree at Penn State Berks. This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

The cast includes the following Penn State students: Pat O'Neill (sophomore, Communication Arts and Sciences major) as Dracula; Brian Musial (first-year student) as Harker; Tolani Oyefule (sophomore, Agriculture) as Seward; Will Calligan (first-year student) as Van Helsing; Courtney Vinson (junior, Theatre) as Mina; Cat Whelan (sophomore, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) as Lucy; Tarah Yoder (junior, Theatre) as Renfield. Other cast members include Kevin King (junior, Theatre), Audrey Ebersole (first-year student, Occupation Therapy Assistant), Kate Knorr (sophomore, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences), and Erin Edlestein (sophomore, Theatre).

Danielle Fitzgeorge (sophomore, Communication Arts and Sciences) serves as the stage manager and Eddie Wenrich (first-year student, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) is the assistant stage manager.

Penn State Berks added a baccalaureate degree in Theatre, effective in the fall semester. In addition to providing a solid foundation for not only strong theatre artists and articulate theatre educators, the degree program also allows students to become effective public leaders and visionaries in all professions.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 610-396-6371.

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