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VIDEO: Musical 'Dracula' Opens This Weekend in Minnetonka

The Minnetonka High School theatre program is gearing up for the opening of 'Dracula' on Friday, Nov. 4.

Excitement is building for Dracula—The Musical.

The musical will shows at the from Nov. 4-19.

“The show will be breathtaking all around," said Minnetonka High School junior, Eric Sargent, who plays Dracula. "You really do feel something through the music. It is symbolic of feelings we all share. Everyone wants to be young and longs for what they can’t have.”

Over 200 students auditioned for the chance to work with director Kent Knutson on Dracula—The Musical. There will be special effects by Flying by Foy (the company involved in the Broadway run of the production) and a selection of Catherine Zuber’s Tony-nominated costumes from the original show.

This show is a follow up to last year's sold out production of The Phantom of the Opera.

“This is a very romantic show," said MHS junior, Katherine Fried, who will play Mina. "It is not Dracula—The Horror Show. It is Dracula—The Musical. Above all, I am most excited about the acting challenge. It is such a superb cast, and you forget we are all still high school students. Everyone has so much talent and we are all pushing ourselves to be that much better.”

Dracula—The Musical opened on Broadway in 2004, and after a short run in the United States, it was translated into German and became a hit in Switzerland. The show is based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic Victorian novel of the same name.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.minnetonkatheatre.com, or by phone 952-401-5898.

Upcoming Behind the Scene Events

Dracula–The Fashion Show, an intimate gala in the new Studio Theatre, will feature cast members modeling some of Catherine Zuber’s Tony Award nominated costumes from the original Broadway production. Minnetonka Theatre’s designers will talk about the exciting challenge of bringing the thrilling Victorian romance to life.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to be able to wear a costume that was actually used on Broadway,” said costume designer Jan Battles. “I am thrilled that we can once again blend our own custom-built costumes with these pieces from Costume World's Broadway Collection.”
 
This event will be hosted immediately before the matinee of Dracula–The Musical on Nov. 13. Coffee and desserts will be provided by the Minnetonka Theatre Curtain Call Club and seating is limited.
 
Next up, special guest and Minnetonka resident Debbie Turner, the actress who played Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music movie, will invite audience members to stay for a free post-show talkback in conjunction with the production’s Dec. 10 matinee. Turner will discuss making the movie, working with Julie Andrews, growing up as a child star and life after The Sound of Music.

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