Theatre at The Castle
Dracula ~ The Blood is the Life
Thanks to everyone who attended Dracula.
This October, the world’s most famous force of evil rises again for the second year running as Craigdarroch Castle presents Giggling Iguana and Launch Pad Productions’ “Dracula – The Blood is the Life” October 23 through October 31.
“Dracula – The Blood is the Life” is adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel by Launch Pad’s David Radford and Christina Patterson, the team that wrote the award-winning “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Using Stoker’s iconic Dracula tale as a frame, “The Blood is the Life” tells the saga of a Victorian London cursed by the undead spirit of Dracula and the heroic efforts of Mina Murray, Dr. Seward and Professor Van Helsing as they struggle to put things right. The action puts the audience right in the middle of a terrifying and all-encompassing tale of horror.
Playing a more integral role this year, Ian Case, who brings 11 years of experience directing Halloween shows at Craigdarroch as Giggling Iguana’s founder, quips, “We’re taking another stab at Dracula. We’re making it creepier, scarier and raising the stakes…so to speak. We’re giving the show a little more bite, if you will.” Last year’s production was hugely popular and sold out nearly every performance of its 3-week run. “We think audience demand warranted a return from the grave,” grins Case.
Staged ‘environmentally’ in Victoria’s number one heritage attraction, guests experience Jonathan Harker’s encounter with Count Dracula, Dracula’s voyage from Transylvania to London where he wreaks havoc upon the lives of all those he meets until his eventual destruction. But even in defeat his malevolence continues to wreak havoc among those whose lives he touched and soon his evil spreads throughout London. Together, the Audience, Professor Van Helsing and Dr. Seward must purge this evil before it’s too late. Audiences tour the Castle’s lavish interior as scenes of Stoker’s tale unfold around them.
“Dracula – The Blood is the Life” features an all-star cast including: Trevor Hinton, Christina Patterson, Michael Shewchuk, Matthew Coulson, and David Radford. Case, who produced the show last year, will direct and produce.
Photos by Ian Case, featuring David Radford as Count Dracula and Christina Patterson as Lucy Westerna.