Aidan Bush, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS]’s drama department recently began to perform their rendition of Dracula Rides Again for three consecutive nights in the Curtis Peterson Auditorium [CPA] starting Thursday, November 18, and they will be continuing until Saturday 20. The Friday showing started at 7:00 p.m. and the Saturday performance starts at 2:00 p.m. Attendance of the play has already been successful, with an estimated opening night attendance of 113 people.
Dracula Rides Again is a Halloween spoof of the classic western Destry Rides Again, and was written by Jeff Goode. The play was directed by LHS drama teacher Michael Moll, who felt that while the show could be improved it definitely went very well.
“If we had more time, I think the show could’ve been better than it is, [but] the nice thing about a show like this is that it doesn’t matter whether you are a first time actor or not, it shows all of the time and effort put into the show,” Moll said.
The play has been in production since the second week of school, with actors finding out their roles within the third week. Needless to say, the show’s staff has been diligently working to make the play as memorable of an experience as possible.
Sophomore and technician September Boyer found it challenging yet rewarding to to create the set from scratch.
“It was very difficult to build the set; it took about a month to get everything built and set up. It’s hard but really, really fun to see the the set you built put together.” Boyer said.
Sophomore and lead actor, George Licklider was originally worried about how he might perform, but soon was comfortable on stage.
“I was nervous before going on stage but when I stepped out it was [just] another rehearsal,” Licklider said.
The audience seemed to be at home as well, as many viewers seemed to enjoy the show as a whole.
”I enjoyed the play. It made me laugh a lot and if anyone knows me, they know I love to laugh,” said Chloe Bensette, who attended opening night.
If interested, one can go to today’s showing of the play at 2:00 p.m. Both staff and attendees were proud of the play.