VERO BEACH ― On Oct. 6, the Vero Beach Theatre Guild will debut a world premiere production of Bram Stoker’s classic thriller Dracula, adapted for the stage and directed by Vero Beach resident Alex Martinez.

This is the first time the VBTG has presented a premiere production since Frankenstein; a Love Story by another Vero Beach resident, Bill Prado, in 1985.

The cast for Dracula includes Collin Salvatore in the title role with John Caterina as Dr. Van Helsing. Jonathon Harker and his wife Mina will be played by Mattheau Monzo and Nikki Marie Przedwiecki, with Kasey McBride as Renfield. Lucy Westenra will be played by Tory Malfoy, with Jack Evans performing Dr. Seward. Rounding out the cast will be Mason Harvey as Arthur Holmwood and DeAndre Jean-Pierre as Quincey Morris.

Sets and lighting for the production were designed by Jeff Hall, with costumes by Patty Migliaccio and Valerie Cooke. Props are by Debbie Brandauer, who is also stage managing.

Director Alex Martinez started writing the adaptation this past winter, and rehearsals began last month. When asked what he hopes will be the future for his adaptation, the first thing he wants to do is get it published. “It’s exciting to be putting on the first ever production of a play, and I hope that it won’t be the last,” Mr. Martinez said.

The show runs Oct. 6-17. Tickets are $30, with student tickets $15. Show times are Tues.-Sat. evenings at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.

Reservations can be made by phoning the box office Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or in person during weekly box office hours.

Complete details for upcoming productions and other information about the VBTG can be found on their website at www.verobeachtheatreguild.com.

For more information, call (772) 562-8300 or email verobeachtheatreguild@gmail.com.

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is located at 2020 San Juan Ave., Vero Beach.

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