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Brass Rail Players Present 'The Passion of Dracula'

Looking for entertainment with some bite to it? A different perspective on the invincible vampire legend, “The Passion of Dracula,” will be presented this Halloween season by the Brass Rail Players at Lindenwood.

Both haunting and droll, this production is set for six performances Oct. 14-16 and 21-23 at Lindenwood University’s Belleville Auditorium, Premier Center for the Arts 2600 W. Main St.

The cast for this dramatic thriller, inspired by the 1897 Bram Stoker novel, features Dave Bobzin of Mascoutah as the iconic Count Dracula, who has moved to the English countryside. With a touch of Sherlock Holmes’ mystery, three characters are hot on his trail – the esteemed vampire tracker Professor Van Helsing, played by Tim Roustio of Belleville; Dr. Cedric Seward, director of the psychiatric sanitarium, who will be played by Lindell Webb of Columbia; and reporter Jonathan Harker, played by Matt Dossett of Waterloo, who falls in love with Seward’s ward Wilhelmina Murray (played by Becca Kearney of Lebanon). Will they save her from the clutches of the count?

Other characters include Ryan Norrenberns of Belleville as the increasingly disturbed inmate Renfield; Leigh Reidelberger of Belleville as Austrian therapist Dr. Helga Van Zandt; Jeff Clinebell of Waterloo as Lord Godalming; and Mark Lampkin of Lebanon as Jameson.

“This is a real actors’ show. They are impressive group of seasoned actors that will bring a powerful performance to the Brass Rail stage,” said Director Patrick Donnigan of Lebanon. “I am pleased to be working with Brass Rail on this production and expect this show to excite patrons.”

The production team includes Steve Schneider of Swansea as assistant director, Leigh Reidelberger as producer, Ginger Jones of Swansea as lighting designer, and Ryan Norrenberns as set construction foreman.

“With this show’s aura of mystery, the timeless tale of passion and the undead by Bob Hall and David Richmond is a perfect fit for our fall production,” commented Lynn Venhaus, executive director of Brass Rail Players. “We look forward to Patrick’s creative spin on these haunting characters and a moody, atmospheric show. And no flies or spiders will be harmed in this production!”

Tickets cost $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, students and military, IDs required; and $6 for youths under high school age. Box office opens a half-hour before curtain. To reserve tickets, call the box office line at 618-767-6016.

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Press Release Contact:

Lynn Venhaus
Lindenwood University-Belleville

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