The Desert Star’s Dracula – He’s So Vain, written by Peter Van Slyke, tells the story of Count Dracula (Matt Kohler) and his looney victim/sidekick Renfield (J. Tyrus Williams) on a voyage to search for that which sustains life. Hilarity ensues as our red-blooded hero, Dr. Jonathan Seward (Ed Farnsworth) with the help of his wife Mina Seward (Jennifer Aguirre) and house staff Mr. Butterworth (Lee Daily) and Miss Wills (Marissa Poole) and fellow doctor Dr. Van Helsing (Matt O’Malley), attempt to fight the ominous powers of Dracula with the tried and true remedies for your everyday household vampires like garlic, wolfsbane, and stakes to save their friend, Miss Lucy (Krystal Kiene.)
The show starts out with Renfield walking up to Dracula’s castle looking for a place to stay. Kohler’s performance as Dracula was very punny (pun intended). He’s witty one-liners were well-received. Williams’ portrayal of Renfield never failed to make me laugh. He’s like a human cartoon. Farnsworth and Aguirre played the happily married couple of Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Mina Seward. Farnsworth’s Dr. Seward was well done and he had great chemistry with Aguirre. Aguirre knows her way around the stage, and carried herself beautifully. She knows how to capture the attention of the audience. The house help, Miss Wills, was played delightfully by Marissa Poole. With her funny facial expressions and physical comedy, she quickly became a crowd favorite. Kiene as Lucy did a great job “giving up” her body to Dracula’s powers. Being bitten can certainly take a lot out of you. Daily’s Mr. Butterworth and O’Malley’s Dr. Van Helsing round out the cast and showed off great vocals and both continued to shine in the Monster Mash Olios after Dracula is over.
Co-Directors Scott Holman and Mary Parker Williams kept their cast moving in a high energy, fast-paced show. The cast has great chemistry together. The costuming in this show, by Lynn Funk, was very authentic and time fitting. I have to give props to the techs of the show (Lighting: Eric Jensen, Stage Mangers: Collin Anderson and Brian Tolman) for adding the ambiance on the stage and perfectly timed cues.
This production of Dracula – He’s So Vain is a must see for the whole family. It will leave you smiling to the very end and get you into the Halloween holiday spirit.
Box Office: 801-266-2600
Play from Aug 29 – Nov 8, Mon, Wed, Thurs @ 7 PM, Fri @ 6 & 8:30 PM, Sat @11:30 AM, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 PM
Ticket Prices: Adult: $18.95, Child: $10.95 (11 and Under)
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