Interview with a vampire: Dracula comes to Menlo-Atherton High School for six performances

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on October 23, 2014

Since first surfacing in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Count Dracula has endured as one of the most iconic figures of Gothic horror. Now his sinister countenance has landed in Atherton.

M-A sophomore Teddy Pagee, who has been interested in acting since he was a third grader at Encinal School, stars as the Count in the Menlo-Atherton High School production of Dracula that debuts this weekend. “I’ve always loved watching movies and how actors show emotions through the characters they play,” he said before a dress rehearsal this week.

About playing the frightening Count, he added: “It’s fun and exciting because I get to play someone so creepy and gruesome.”

Dracula posterThe horror thriller, adapted by John Mattera from the Stoker novel, picks up the story with Count Dracula in England where he is living on a large estate next to an insane asylum run by the naive Dr. Seward. The others that make up the cast include Professor Van Helsing who must convince Dr. Seward that Count Dracula is a vampire; Renfield, a fly-eating lunatic who serves the Count (once too often); beautiful Lucy Westenra, who has an uncanny resemblance to a girl Count Dracula loved over a hundred years ago as well as three female vampires!

Teddy assured us he and his fellow actors play it straight. “There isn’t one laugh,” he said.

All performances are at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield): Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 pm (student tickets just $4) and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; they can be purchase at the box office one hour before curtain or online.

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