GREENFIELD — It’s not Twilight. Let’s just clear that up straight away.
The Greenfield-Central High School drama club might be drawing on the popularity of vampires with its upcoming production of “Dracula” this weekend, but sparkly vamps and drippy romance, this show is not.
It’s a tale with an air of mystery, a nod to Bram Stoker’s classic novel, and – thanks to schedule-shifting weather this winter – a whole lot of hard work.
The small cast of 12 students – not to mention its large crew of backstage counterparts – has been working feverishly to make up for lost time after countless snow days interrupted the show’s rehearsal time.
Director Ted Jacobs said the cast and crew have risen to the occasion to make up for lost time.
“We’re crying like little sixth-grade girls, but we’re getting caught up,” he joked.
With the rehearsal schedule in overdrive, Jacobs says the show will be ready to impress audiences on opening night Friday at 7 p.m.
The cast returns for a second showing on Saturday, also at 7 p.m., and closes Sunday with a 2 p.m. matinee.
Jacobs said he’d love to pack the house for all three performances, but the cast is especially hyping Saturday’s show. That’s because judges from the International Thespian Society will be in the audience, judging whether to include G-C’s rendition of “Dracula” in the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska this summer.
Securing a slot on the main stage during the festival is a significant accomplishment for theater students, Jacobs said.
“You’re talking 6,000-some … kids watch the show in a gigantic … theater,” he said. “There are basically two main stage performances per day that the festival goes on, and we could potentially be one of the two. There is a small number of schools in the country … that are even put up for consideration.”
From special lighting sequences to billowing fog, the show’s special effects are carefully timed to create an appropriately mysterious atmosphere, Jacobs said.
The prevalence of the PG-13-rated Twilight – a comparison the cast can’t escape – has left some parents assuming the show is inappropriate for young children, but “Dracula” is touted as family-friendly.
And to be fair, supporters can still dub themselves Team Jacobs.
Aubrey Gibson - Miss Wells, maid
Harrison Kern - Jonathan Harker
Ross McMichael - Dr. Seward
Erik Cliburn - Abraham Van Helsing
Andrew Johnson - R. M. Renfield
Logan McNally - Butterworth/Attendant
Katelyn Robinson - Lucy Seward
Gage Williamson - Dracula
Sarah Robinson - Mina/Dancer
Bri Anderson - Dancer
Shelby Myers - Dancer
Erin Jeffries - Lucy silhouette/Dancer