By Dana Ugarte
Last Thursday and Friday night, November 17th and 18th, Arthur L. Johnson put on the production Dracula, a story of a vampire and the people who unfortunately end up in his presence. Directed by Mr. Nevargic, Dracula was a play that came alive with noteworthy direction and memorable performances by Michael Racanelli, Madison Law, Emma Knutson, Anthony Whitman, John Gregorio, Nadia Szilgayi, Ty Dobbins, and Gabby Smith.
The play started when Emma Knutson mysteriously walked down the auditorium aisle to the piano, where she played a beautiful song to set the tone of the play.
Then, as the story commenced, the audience watched as Harker (John Gregorio) embarked on a trip to Transylvania. While his purpose was to complete a business transaction with a man by the name of Count Dracula (Michael Racanelli), Dracula did not have the same plan, and instead held Harker captive in his castle.
Meanwhile, back in England, Lucy (Madison Law) and Mina (Emma Knutson) giggled about their love lives, that is, until Jonathan went weeks without contacting Mina and Lucy began to experience peculiar "dreams."
The play continues as each actor beautifully portrays each of their roles, and fully immerses the audience into the world of Dracula.
When asked what her favorite part of being part of Dracula was, Madison Law answered, "I would probably have to say working with accents was my favorite part. it was a really different experience and hard at times, but once you got it, it was really cool and you feel like a different person."
One of the most amazing aspects of the play was the spinning apparatus in center stage, with Lucy's bedroom on one side, and a holding cell for Renfield (played by Anthony Whitman) on the other. Mr. Terhune and the stage crew did an incredible job of bringing the stage to life. To say it was ingenious would be an understatement.
Dracula was a great success. From the acting, to the stage design, to the accents, the audience became enthralled with the tale of Dracula.
"My favorite part was the ending when they killed Dracula and he came back to life. The acting was really good and everyone was really into their characters, especially Anthony Whitman," says Grace Duffy, a junior.
Thanks to the cast and Mr. Nevargic, Arthur L. Johnson's Dracula, a story of death, was anything but dead.