Playing the role of one of Dracula's brides has most definitely been my favorite role yet. It's a role, where acting-wise, you have to go all-out or go home. For me personally, I love to perform, so this was an amazing role to take on and challenge myself to see how far I could dive into character.
I've never really played a dark or sinister character before, so this was a fun, new experience for me. Getting to show a dark and gritty side onstage was quite thrilling. There's something very riveting about dancing and portraying an evil character. Every time I took the stage, I had to find and go to this place where I wasn't me anymore. It was a place where I was someone malicious, someone inhuman.
But evil wasn't the only disposition this role was composed of. The brides are also enchanting and ethereal, though still in a dark manner. They have this strong ability to lure people in, such as seen with Jonathan in Castle Dracula. However, there's also a vulnerability to the brides through their relationship with Dracula. They are bound to him and forever under his command. So there is this fearful, submissive side as well. Although these are all ruthless, cold-hearted characters, there is this empathy that the brides share with one another and with Dracula. So to me it's kind of an interesting contrast that these characters, who are cold and unfeeling to others, somehow have this fragment of compassion for one another.
Probably my favorite part about this production was performing for the audiences. It was really cool to hear their reactions, especially the school shows. It was very interesting to see what they found humorous because this isn't exactly a humorous ballet, but it was funny that they could find humor in the darkest of scenes. The audiences were also completely enthralled with the story. You could just feel their attentiveness, and their energy was magnetic, which I loved feeding off of.
I also felt that the show was comprised of multiple layers, and that with each show, a new layer took place. Whether it was through people's dancing as they grew more comfortable with the stage, or through people delving deeper into their roles; throughout theater week, the show was developing a richness that could only keep growing. For many of us it was bittersweet when it all ended. All of us involved had truly had a blast putting on this production.
Being a part of the “Dracula” production was an experience we all will cherish for a long time. We all look forward to the opportunity to bring to life such multi-faceted and complex roles in future productions.
Photography Credits: Richard Calmes, David Robertson Jr.
Videographer Credits: Charles Sanford, Jared Johnson