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Dracula visits Spring Lake Theatre just in time for Halloween
By Karen Meister

Spring Lake — This is the month of goblins, vampires, and many other ghoulish creatures, but the most well-known character throughout the years has always been Count Dracula.

Well, now you can see the Count live at The Spring Lake Theatre.

From the moment you arrive at the theatre, you enter the world of the spine-chilling past.

The set design, created by Andrew D’Agostino, is remarkable and immediately puts the audience in the frame of mind for what is to come.

Once the lights are dimmed and the background music begins, one can retreat back to London, 1899, and visit the horror and demonic behavior of Dracula.

The cast and crew have created an atmosphere where your imagination can just go wild.

Count Dracula was introduced by the creative novelist, Bram Stoker, who was very adept in frightening his followers with covert evilness.

Much later, Dracula became a household name and a favorite of the Halloween devotees. Young and old have worn the distinguishing black cape, painted their faces, and added fangs in order to emulate this monstrous character.

The story of Dracula is told and retold about the sinister vampire from Transylvania who disguises himself as a nobleman.

Although he is quite odd, he puts on an aristocratic air that helps him to be accepted by his new neighbors in London.

Little do these trusting neighbors realize that Count Dracula is a blood-sucking vampire who feeds from the blood of others and casts his spell on his innocent victims.

This character provides a challenging role, but Eric McDonough does it justice and can scare the wits out of any audience.

If that is not enough horror, you will be introduced to another diabolical character called Renfield, who is totally insane and continually consumes insects to absorb their life energy.

This role is so adeptly portrayed by John Kras, and he is a close second to Dracula in the category of evilness.

Renfield’s bodyguard and pursuer, Butterworth, portrayed by Frank Leohardt, attempts to contain the lunatic, but with little success.

The Count has put his trademark [two small fang marks on the victim’s neck] on two innocent maidens, one to her demise and the other to Lucy Westerna.

Lucy is weaker each day and is succumbing to the vampire’s cunning ways.

Lucy is played by Kerry Baglivio, who gives a talented and realistic portrayal of a taunted victim.

Lucy’s father, Dr. Seward, played by Paul Caliendo, shows his concern for his daughter by calling on his brilliant friend and colleague, Abraham Van Helsing for assistance.

Van Helsing has a unique specialty for uncovering vampires and finding ways to dispose of them. This case is his biggest challenge so far.

The significant role of Van Helsing is superbly performed by veteran actor, Douglas Moore.

Before Count Dracula completes his sinister plot, he also entraps others, including Dr. Seward’s maid, Miss Wells, well performed by Janna Seduto.

The special effects of this classic drama are simply fabulous.

The dynamic sound effects and lighting, set design, along with the vintage props and costumes are so vivid and eerie, each contributing enormously to the entire production.

Again, those behind the scenes are such an essential component to any performance.

Producer Pat Barry and Director Tim Walling have once again put together another fantastic showpiece.

This story enfolds at the Spring Lake Theatre, Third and Madison avenues, in the beautiful town of Spring Lake on Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29.

Curtain open at 8 p.m.

It is the perfect seasonal activity for the entire family, just not for the very timid “scaredy-cat!”