GPC Newton Presents 'Dracula' on Oct. 19-23

10/20/2011
Contact: Janet Hollier
Phone: 770-278-1377
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release

While teenagers seem to have taken over the vampire genre, Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus will feature the original tale of Victorian tale of love, secrets and the undead. GPC presents Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s “Dracula” on Oct. 19 through 23.

The play is the original 1927 Broadway script and is based on the novel by Bram Stoker, says “Dracula” director, associate professor Janet Hollier. In this version, the time period has been updated from 1897 to around 1910, Hollier said. The lead is played by Paul Gourdeau of Lawrenceville.

“The play is a classic in English literature, so it is humbling to be given the opportunity to perform it,” Gourdeau said. “Dracula is a worldly man who knows what he wants and is not afraid to get it. He is a fascinating character to portray.”

In the play, Lucy Seward, daughter of the physician in charge of a sanatorium near London, is mysteriously anemic. Doctor Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases, suspects a vampire is afoot. “The search for the vampire gives audience members a quick-fire procession of thrills, surprises and shudders,” Hollier explained. “And, being so close to Halloween just adds to the supernatural fun.”

Show times are 7 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, Oct. 19 to 22; 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for everyone else; one free ticket with GPC ID.

For reservations, call 770-278-1435 or email newahac@gpc.edu. The box office will open Oct. 10. Seating is limited, and theatergoers are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Unclaimed reserved tickets will be released 10 minutes prior to performance. Neither infants nor toddlers will be admitted.

GPC Newton is located at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington. The performance will be held in building 1N, room 2100.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.