Local theatre gems exist everywhere and The Little Theatre of Alexandria is definitely one of the DC area’s theatrical treasures. An exceptional cast brought Halloween to Old Town Alexandria with its opening night of Dracula. A full house enjoyed this play, directed by Jennifer Lyman, and based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker, which was published in 1897.
The show on Saturday night started off with its own fright when a cast member had a medical emergency and they had to restart the show 5 minutes in. As they say, the show must go on and it did in a professional fashion.
Without giving away too much, Dracula is a story about a lonely Count from Transylvania who decides to transplant to London and feast on new victims. His arrival, however, is not very welcome.
Actor Jeff Elmore, who plays Renfield, steals the scenes as Dracula’s henchman and insane asylum patient of Dr. John Seward. Talk about commitment! He laughs manically, screams, moans, and withers on the ground. He ties the whole story together as a foreshadower and brings all the characters together.
Hats off to Lynley Peoples, as Lucy Westnera (a blood interest of Count Dracula), with her blood-curdling scream. Chills! Chris Anderson plays a fantastic Dracula. His great poise commands the stage. The British accents add authenticity to the show, which showcased great work by Dialect Coach Cheryl Sinsabaugh.
The versatile set design by Matt Liptak sets the mood of the Victorian era. The set easily transitions from a dungeon to a castle to a bedroom and a graveyard. I especially enjoyed the window to the bedroom and the candles throughout the set. The costume design by Jean Schlichting and Kit Sibley, featured period-appropriate suits for the men, also add to the authenticity of the show. The music and sound designed by Janice Rivera add a transcendent quality to the show.
Running Time: Two hours and 15 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.