"I want your fear. For your fear, like a current, rushes through your body. Your fear makes your heart pound, it renders your veins rich and full. Your fear hemorrhages deliciously within you."
That hypnotic line from Dracula by Steven Dietz, sets a terrifying tone for a new season of “killer shows” at the Farmington Players Barn. John Boufford of Northville Township directs the new adaptation of the classic horror tale that he refers to as a “PG-13” production. The play preserves the suspense and seduction found in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. It opens October 11 th on the Barn’s brand new stage floor, and runs through November 2 nd. Tickets are on sale now at www.farmingtonplayers.org or at the box office (248) 553-2955.
“This is a very dark and sexy version of Dracula,” says Boufford. “While it pulls much from Bram Stoker’s original work, it adds new layers that will appeal to modern-day vampire lovers!”
Rich in both humor and horror, Dracula paints a bone-chilling picture of the fanged beast Count Dracula played by Rick Mickley of Keego Harbor. As Dracula begins to stalk the people of London, Dr. Van Helsing (Guy Copland of Berkley) and his team try to piece together the clues in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.
Meanwhile, the piercing shrieks of Dracula’s servant, the madman Renfield, shake the walls of an insane asylum. “I thought playing the guy who’s insane would be an easy thing for some reason,” says Gary Weinstein of Farmington Hills. Weinstein is known as a zany character actor at the Barn, and Renfield’s mood swings are perfect for the talented performer. “Really the core of what I’m excited about in the role is the small shift between being sane and insane that Renfield deals with on a daily basis,” says Weinstein
“Dracula” is one of the most technically heavy shows the Barn has ever done, and Boufford chose Keith Janoch of Farmington Hills as Technical Director in charge of presenting an “amazing sensory experience for the audience.” Boufford says, “we have so many different effects, the goal is that the audience will not realize that they are watching effects, but that they are simply immersed into the story.
Rounding out the cast are Meredith Deighton as Mina and Jennifer Beitzel as Lucy, two of Dracula’s targets who share stories about their love lives. Keith Firstenberg and David Galido as Harker and Seward, risking their lives to protect their women. Julia Spina-Kilar and Jayne Firstenberg play Dracula’s screaming vixens, and Arman Banooni serves as an attendant in the asylum.
SHOW DATES & TIMES
Friday, October 11, 8pm Opening Night
Saturday, October 12, 8pm
Sunday, October 13, 2pm (Senior Sunday, $2 Off)
Friday, October 18, 8pm
Saturday, October 19, 8pm
Sunday, October 20, 2pm
Friday, October 25, 8pm
Saturday October 26, 8pm
Sunday October 27, 2pm
Thursday October 31, 8pm (Thrifty Thursday $2 Off – Halloween
Costume Contest with Prizes)
Friday November 1, 8pm
Saturday November 2, 8pm
Tickets are available at both www.farmingtonplayers.org and the box office at 248-553-2955.
• Adults: $16
• Students: $2 off any performance
• Senior Sunday: Only on Sunday October 13 ($2 off for Seniors)
• Thrifty Thursday: $2 off for everyone ONLY on Halloween! October 31.
• Group Discounts: $2 off any show with a group of ten or more people.
The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It’s the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.
Costume contest for ticket holders only on Thursday, Oct. 31. Prize is a Visa Gift Card.
SPONSOR: WEINSTEIN JEWELRY OF NOVI
Jeweler Gary Weinstein, owner of Weinstein Jewelry in Novi, plays the bug eating “Renfield” in Dracula. To celebrate the show, his business will display a magnificent assortment of bug- themed jewelry in the Barn Lobby. Weinstein will hold a special raffle during the run of the show, offering ticket holders a chance to win a piece of jewelry valued at $500.
CAST & CREW
Gary Weinstein Renfield Farmington Hills
Meredith Deighton Mina Bloomfield Hills
Jennifer Beitzel Lucy Northville
Keith Firstenberg Harker Livonia
David Galido Seward Novi
Rick Mickley Dracula Keego Harbor
Guy Copland Van Helsing Berkley
Julia Spina-Kilar Vixen/Attendant West Bloomfield
Jayne Firstenberg Vixen/Maid Livonia
Armand Banooni Attendant Farmington Hills