Theatre at Tarleton presents ‘Dracula’ Nov. 7-11

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Break out the black capes and cue the creepy organ music for Theatre at Tarleton’s production of Dracula Nov. 7 through 11 at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center on the Stephenville campus.

The play, based in the 1897 Bram Stoker novel, is adapted for the stage by William McNulty.

“The cast and crew are very excited about our upcoming production, and we look forward to everyone on campus attending Dracula,” said Carol Stavish, associate professor of theater at Tarleton. “We hope to give you a delicious taste of horror, humor and vampires.”

Tickets, available at the Fine Arts Center box office starting Tuesday, Oct. 31, are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, children under 18, and faculty and staff with a Tarleton ID. Tarleton students get in for $5. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Professor Abram Van Helsing, played by Willie Byrum, leads the hunt for the profoundly evil Count Dracula. But the Count, played by Logan Throckmorton, is exceedingly resourceful, employing superhuman strength, psychic powers, and shape-changing to confound and frustrate his antagonists.

Mark Holtorf and Prudence Jones, both associate professors in Tarleton’s Fine Arts Department, are in charge of special effects. Jesus Rodrigues is set design assistant.

Other cast members and designers are:
• Chris Baldock as Dr. Thomas Seward, head doctor of the asylum mourning the death of fiancée Mina
• Joy Adams as Mina Grant, Seward’s love who’s recently died of a mysterious illness involving a loss of blood
• Kay Higgins as Lucy Westphal, Mina’s friend displaying the same symptoms
• Gavin Jones as Jonathan Harker, Lucy’s fiancé missing after a trip to Transylvania
• Nathan LaRue as Robert Renfield, a psychiatric patient who seems to know a bit too much about what is going on
• Ellen Houlden as Margaret Sullivan, Dr. Seward’s assistant
• Pepin Tomondong as Norbert Briggs, Dr. Seward’s orderly
• Shanese Jackson, Nicola Ruelas and Bailey Brewer as brides of Dracula
• Maci Spivey as the child
• Prudence Jones and assistant Justin Fite, lighting design
• Shayla Moose and assistant Sara Scott, costume design
• Kenze Carlson, sound
• Mary Claunch, makeup
• Olivia Santisteban, hair.

For more information, contact the box office at 254-968-9291.

To learn more about Tarleton’s Fine Arts Department, go to

Tarleton, celebrating 100 years as founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. As a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service.


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