On Stage

New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild

By Brian Sharp

Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula”

The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  The action of the play engulfs the audience as Professor Van Helsing, along with a few brave souls, make it their mission to search for and destroy the evil Count Dracula. The Count, always exceedingly resourceful, has different plans for the professor as he uses both strength and mind to bewilder his foes.  The action culminates in a shocking confrontation between the King of Vampires and those who would rid the world of him.

David Shough, director of this production, and Jennifer Lockwood, assistant director, have assembled a seasoned cast including: Alex Carmichal as Count Dracula, Jared Mola as Renfield, Sara Parsons as Lucy, and Saul Caplan as Van Helsing.   Rounding out the cast are Margaret Foley, Matthew Glenn, David Hallowren, Carolyn Anne Hoogsteden, Matthew Lindsay, Heather Martin, Cari Meixner, Debra Strauss, David Thomas and Addison Paige Wheeler. Shough has incorporated many audio-visual effects to heighten the drama.  According to Shough, “This is an intense and faced-paced version of the Dracula legend.  It will be a complete theatrical experience of the type seldom seen on this stage.  Not for the faint of heart.”

Miamisburg artist Chris Newman designed projections for the opening narrative of this production.  Some of the original pen and ink drawings will be raffled off in the lobby during the run of the play.  Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Dayton Playhouse Celebrate 25 capital campaign.  Tickets for the raffle will be $2 each, or three for $5.

Performances of “Dracula” will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-21.  All performances are at 8:00 p.m. except Sundays, which are at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.org, or through the box office, 937-424-8477.  The box office is staffed Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m., however messages may be left at any time.  The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.

Sinclair Theatre presents “The Taming of the Shrew”

Sinclair Theatre will present Shakespeare’s classic “The Taming of the Shrew” through Oct. 6 in Blair Hall Theatre, building 2, on the downtown Dayton campus.  The play, directed by Nelson Sheeley, is a bawdy tale of two sisters, Bianca and Katharina, whose father is a merchant in the town. Younger sister Bianca is not permitted to marry before her headstrong older sister Katharina. Of course, mischief follows as a handsome young adventurer from Verona decides to try and win Katharina’s heart, all while bringing new meanings to the ideas of love and family.

Cast includes: Aeriel Aniballi, Samantha Creech, Will Courson, John Dunn, Jayson Grigsby, Brandon Hayes, Isaac Hollister, Jordan Huber, Destre Inlow, Charles Larkowski, Rick McClintic, Hayley Penchoff, John Ray, Rebecca Sebree, Josh Smith, Alayna Spence, Jordan Duvall, Lucas Plum, Heaven McCommons and Tray Shelton.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., a 10 a.m. school matinee on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and a Downtown Dayton Thursday Nights performance at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4.  All seats are reserved and cost $15 adults and $10 for students, seniors and Sinclair employees.  For more information or to purchase tickets online now go to www.sinclair.edu/tickets.

The box office opens 90 minutes prior to performances, or call and leave a message at 937-512-2808. All Thursday tickets cost an additional $5 each and include pre-show appetizers and cash bar beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby for Sinclair’s popular Downtown Dayton Thursday Nights.

“And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” at The Dayton Theatre Guild

The Dayton Theatre Guild continues its 2012 – 2013 season with “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” by Paul Zindel, Oct. 5-21.  It is directed by Debra Kent and produced by K.L. Storer.

The play revolves around three sisters who have each had their fair share of a rough childhood.  Anna, a science teacher, is thoroughly convinced she’s contracted a deadly disease. Catherine, who has enough problems of her own, is the sister who cares for Anna, and Ceil, who craves attention, has manipulated her two sisters at numerous times throughout her life in order to get her way. Out of all the madness Zindel has created a surprising comedy sure to please all involved.

Germantown resident Cheryl Mellen plays Catherine Reardon. Cassandra Engber from Centerville is Anna Reardon. Teresa Connair from Dayton portrays Ceil Adams. Huber Heights resident Jennie Hawley plays Fleur Stein.  Michael Taint who lives in Yellow Springs plays Bob Stein.  Amy Diederich from Kettering plays Mrs. Pentrano. Leo Santucci from Dayton plays the delivery boy.

“And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” will run three weekends, Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 5 – 21.  Friday performances are at 8:00 p.m., the first Saturday is at 8:00 p.m., with second and third Saturday performances at 5:00 p.m.  Sunday matinees are at 3:00 p.m.  No one under the age of seven will be admitted.  Adult content.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $11 for students.  Reservations can be made via the website at www.daytontheatreguild.org, or by calling the Guild at (937) 278-5993.

Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP food critic Brian P. Sharp at BrianSharp@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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