WCU to perform ‘Dracula’ Jan. 24

Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24.

The “Dracula” cast features students, faculty, staff and professional actors from the university and the region. WCU music faculty and students and strings from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra make up the production’s orchestra.

“‘Dracula’ was a challenge from the standpoint that there are 27 chapters in the book to cook down into a 60-minute radio program,” said producer Don Connelly, who wrote the script. “Unlike a play that can run as long or short as the author wishes, a radio broadcast is timed to the second.”

WCU English literature students received an early draft of the script and began comparing it to the original work. The students are preparing a number of papers on Stoker, and some will be published in the program for the show and presented in a poster session in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center before the performance.

The show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. and no one will be admitted after it has started.

All seats are $10, and proceeds benefit student scholarship funds. The show is not appropriate for small children.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Bardo Arts Center.

bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 828.227.2479.

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