Brandywine Ballet presents Dracula October 22 (7:30 pm) & October 23, (7:30 pm), 2010. All performances take place at Brandywine Ballet’s resident theater at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall located at the southwest corner of High Street and University Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383. Tickets ranging from $22 – $37 are on sale now at brandywineballet.com and (610) 696-2711. Ticket upgrades for Dinner-and-a-Ballet including a 3-course dinner at Avalon Restaurant are available for $35/person (gratuity not included). Student, Senior, and Group discounts are also available. Order an equal number of tickets for all three production-series in a single purchase and receive a 20% subscription discount.
The Brandywine Ballet offers specially discounted $10 tickets for student field trip groups (one complimentary ticket for every 15 students). The Student/Family Matinee dates are Dracula (Oct. 23) and The Nutcracker (Dec. 11 & 17). Both are at 10 am. Interested teachers or homeschool moms should contact The Brandywine Ballet office directly to purchase tickets and mention Cheter County Moms.
The abundance of vampire themed books, films and television series in modern popular culture illustrates the enduring nature of the folkloric, political, feminist and religious themes at the center of Bram Stoker’s 19th century Dracula novel. Resident Choreographer Nancy Page’s Dracula, based on the original story, follows the repressed Victorian romance of beautiful Mina and the centuries-old, androgynous, vampire prince Count Dracula. Mina, set to marry English solicitor Jonathan Harker, is suddenly torn over mysterious and conflicting passions for a strange, supernatural presence in her life, ultimately personified by Count Dracula who has the power to shape-shift from an English gentleman to a menacing vampire. As forces and personalities collide, and alliances are threatened, the drama unfolds on stage drawing audiences into a spooky, action-packed, atypical love story, in which not only Mina’s heart, but soul is on the line! In addition to impeccable soloing, sensual pas de deux, and exhilarating ensemble dancing, Dracula includes sets of eerily lit 19th century castles and sun-drenched terraces, tantalizing costumes and suspenseful sword battles, artfully gory makeup design and ghoulish drama, as well as an emotionally moving musical score. Tim Early reprises his long-held role of Dracula this year, with newcomer Thomas Gant inheriting the role of Jonathan Harker. Principal dancers Hannah Telthorster and Jaime Lennon return as Mina and Lucy respectively.
Chester County Moms is giving away one family four pack of tickets to see Dracula on Oct 24 at 7:30 pm or Oct 25 at 6:00 pm. The contest will end on October 15th at midnight. Winners will be contacted via email. Only one entry per family.