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North Tama takes a bite into "Dracula in Love"

November 1, 2012
Ellie Schafer - Walnut Street Journal , Traer Star-Clipper

It's time to open up the coffin and see what's inside! "Dracula in Love" is the play North Tama is performing this year on November 10th and 11th.

Raven and Lulu become surprised guests at Dracula's Halloween party. Igor, the hunchback, and Dracula are the hosts of the party that come across as friendly, but get crazy as monstrous guests arrive. Zoey the Zombie, Frankenstein and Queen Nefertiti look like they are in costume, but people come to realize that they are real and maybe harmful. Ghost of Christmas Past comes without any heads-up also.

Zach Kennedy, a freshman, is playing the character of Dracula.

"Zach stood out for Dracula because we thought he was really getting into the persona of the part and was really believable with that," said Danica Minard, head director of the play.

Not only did Minard think Zach was the person for the part, Zach did too. "He (Dracula) is a very charming, sophisticated person and like me, I am very charming and sophisticated," Kennedy said.

Rian Weida-Kelsey is the lead female character, playing Raven. Weida-Kelsey states: "I am excited to perform as someone who is totally opposite of me. I am playing a very gothic character when the 'real' me is not gothic at all."

"Rian didn't even try out for this part but we said why don't you go ahead and try for Raven. We had her read the script a couple times, and we could just tell that she was just really getting a feel for it," said Becky Adams, co-director of the play.

The cast list includes:

Dracula: Zach Kennedy

Igor: Cody Finical

Raven: Rian Weida-Kelsey

Katerina: Katie Townsend

LuLu: Shannon Stuart

Queen Nefertiti: Kristina Martinez

Zoey the Zombie: Jessica Mason

Frank: Zach Finical

Mommy: Linda Babinat

Spirit: Landon Calderwood

Valddie: Conner Kriz

Zombies: Robert Young, Emma Schafer, Nicole Jones, Kortnie Hare, Jordyn TeBeest, Josie Youel, Sara Young, Frankie Krienert, Mitchell Boerm, and Allison Zobel

Back Stage and Makeup are taken care of by Jayde Vogeler (Backstage Manager), Ellie Schafer, Emily Batchelder, Abbie Schafer, and Sally Howard.

This exciting, funny play proves that a vampire has a loving heart and monsters know how to have a great time!



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