Fall Play “Dracula”

October 13, 2022



“Dracula,” Bram Stoker’s classic story of the ongoing struggle between good and evil, human and vampire, the living and the undead, comes to life on the stage at Fort Scott Community College next week.

The version presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-22 at the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center was written by Laramie Dean in 2016 and features the character of Mina Murray Harker as the protagonist to the nefarious Count Dracula’s antagonist.

“That’s one of the things I really liked about this script,” said Allen Twitchell, FSCC theater instructor and director of “Dracula.” “Mina takes on the challenge of confronting the evil Dracula represents to the world while her husband, Jonathan, basically falls to pieces under the count’s influence.”

Assisting Mina, played by sophomore Sonny Webb from Brandon, Fla., is the capable Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, played by sophomore Ben Wirsig from Drexel, Mo.

Dracula is played by Dray Dickey, sophomore from Bronaugh, Mo., and Harker is played by Evan Ballinger, sophomore from Pleasanton.

Also in the cast are Paityn Curtis, sophomore from LaCygne, as Lucy Westenra; Hyden Wirsig, sophomore from Drexel, as R.M. Renfield; Ezra Lipscomb, sophomore from Goodlettsville, Tenn., as Bride Three; Colleen Sweat, graduate from Pleasanton, as Bride Two; Chloe Reynaud, freshman from Fair Grove, Mo., as Bride One; Khris Patel, freshman from Atlanta, Ga., and Fort Scott High School, as the Attendant, the Butler and the Gypsy; and Twitchell as the Captain of the Demeter.

Abby Sweat, sophomore from Pleasanton, is stage manager, and Zach Loper, graduate from Girard, is sound designer.

The set and lights were designed by guest technical director Lawrence Alford, former theater instructor at FSCC currently working at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

“Lawrence has forgotten more about technical theater than I’ll ever know,” said Twitchell. “It is a blessing and an honor to have him so involved in this production.”

There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted. The play does contain mature content.