My very first show with Alabama Dance Theatre was the production of "Dracula." I was in Junior Company at the time. One thing that I particularly enjoyed about being a part of the show was getting to watch the older dancers take on and perform their roles. My favorites were the brides of Dracula. The brides were elegant, evil, and haunting; characters that often aren't portrayed in ballet.
The brides' story is that they were once young women who, like Lucy Westenra, have fallen under Dracula's spell. They find themselves cursed with life that is eternal and soulless.
When I learned that I had gotten the role of a bride, I was very excited to take it on myself. Each of the three brides has a different personality, which I find interesting because they have similarities and, in a sense are a whole, but there are also differences among them. The bride I'm portraying is extremely arrogant and the most jealous of Lucy, Dracula's newest addition. Malice, envy, and pride are major components of a bride's embodiment,
While portraying this bride is challenging, I am looking forward to the actual performances when we are in front of an audience. Becoming a bride is my favorite role yet.
Alabama Dance Theatre production of Dracula (2014)
Photography Credits: Richard Calmes, David Robertson Jr.
Videographer Credits: Charles Sanford, Jared Johnson