MHS Presents Legend Of Dracula

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6This week the Milford High School (MHS) Drama Club will perform Nosferatu: The Legend of Dracula. Performances will be held in the Milford High School Auditorium on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. Both evening shows will begin at 7 pm and an afternoon matinee will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 1pm.

This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is a chilling story of the nosferatu, meaning undead, and the eternal conflict between good and evil. After Count Dracula, played by Silas Wheedleton, causes the death of young Lucy, played by Ciera Emich. Professor Van Helsing, played by Abigail Roxby, leads a group of vampire hunters that include Lucy’s friend Mina, played by Sydney Stump, her husband Jonathan, played by Amire Collins, and a doctor, played by Stephanie Miller.

Director Carissa Meiklejohn says, “I chose this adaptation of Dracula because it goes back to Bram Stoker’s classic novel for its source material. It takes the subject matter seriously rather than turning it into farce or updating it to a modern story.  While vampire stories are popular right now, I thought it would be interesting to go back to where it all began.”

Junior Silas Wheedleton, starring in his first performance with the MHS Drama Club, is playing the lead role Dracula. Excited about his public debut, Wheedleton enjoys playing the character that is skilled in the art of deception. “Dracula is a eighteenth century gentleman, you know he is evil but he does not show it,” said Wheedleton. Dracula is undoubtably evil and the audience should be glad when the end comes for him.”

Senior Abby Roxby, who has starred in Drama Club performances since eighth grade, plays Professor Van Helsing, a vampire hunter and archenemy of Dracula. Although the part was originally written as a male role, Roxby enjoys playing the dominant female character. “It is interesting because she is a very controlling and powerful woman which is not who I am at all,” said Roxby. “I hope the audience takes with them the lesson to not be so concerned with what people know of you but to be concerned with the truth.”

Director Meiklejohn and the Drama Club are excited to have several new members this year including cast members Mikahl Barajas, Valeria Coverdale, Jessica Creigh, Ethan Dehel, Millisen Dill, Mark Hollingsworth, Rebecca Hutchinson, Victoria Little, Brandon Morgan, Kieran Pheasant, Gabrielle Romero and Billy Watkins in this production.

Performances will be held in the Milford High School Auditorium on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. Both evening shows will begin at 7pm. There will also be an afternoon matinee on Saturday, November 22 at 1pm. Tickets will be available at the door; adults $7 and Students and Senior Citizens $5. For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact Producer Erica Snyder at (302) 422-1610 or esnyder@msd.k12.de.us.

Meiklejohn includes a word of caution. “This production is not suitable for small children. It is most appropriate for students in middle school and older. Special effects and fake blood are used.”