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Alabama Dance Theatre offers Free Performance of “Dracula” for Military Families

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Alabama Dance Theatre will host a special sneak peek of “DRACULA” a ballet to die for in honor of our Military on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This special evening is designed to thank our Military and their families for their service and sacrifices. The performance will feature ADT’s elaborate production of the popular full-length “Dracula” a ballet to die for.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see vampires come to the stage as Alabama Dance Theatre presents the classic vampire story “Dracula” a ballet to die for.  The Alabama Dance Theatre, celebrating its 30th season, cordially invites you to witness the dramatic epic tale of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

This masterpiece production choreographed by Sara Sanford and staged at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on the Festival Stage will thrill audiences with special effects, lavish costumes, and breathtaking scenery. Philip Feeney’s score illuminates Bram Stoker’s classic novel with incredible clarity and breathes new life into this timeless story.

The ballet opens in Castle Dracula with one of the alluring Brides of Dracula escorting an already eccentric Renfield to his fate. Thousands of miles away there is a tearful goodbye between Jonathan Harker and his soon to be wife, Mina Murray. Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, is journeying by train from England to Count Dracula’s crumbling, remote castle situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania. The purpose of his mission is to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction. Once there he quickly discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle.

Lucy Westenra, Mina‘s best friend, is the subject of much gossip at a winter garden party. She is a vivacious character who receives several proposals from hopeful suitors. The party does not last long as an unusual storm rolls in bringing with it Dracula himself. He finds Lucy to be full of life and is instantly drawn to her. He places his claim and here is where all fates converge.

The story does not end here, but intrigue and surprises are better left unsaid. Dracula is full of beauty and magic even in its darkest moments. Let us put a spell on you. Witness the drama and horror that is sure to unfold in Dracula, a ballet to die for.

Admission to this special performance on October 27 will be free to all active duty, retirees, reserve and National Guard military personnel and their families who present a valid government military ID. Tickets are available, after October 3rd, at the door the night of the performance, at Maxwell/Gunter ITT and at the Armory Learning Arts Center, 1018 Madison Avenue. Tickets are limited.

Public performances of “Dracula” will be held Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 30th at 2:30 pm. at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on the Festival Stage. A special children’s Matinee of Mistletoe will be held Saturday, October 29th at 2:30 p.m. and will feature “Favorite Dances of Christmas.”

Tickets are on sale and range in price from $15-$30. For more information on performances or tickets visit www.alabamadancetheatre.com or call 334.241.2800.

Following Sunday’s performance of Dracula, there will be a “Meet and Greet” with guest artist Nick Hagelin, finalist on last season’s The Voice. Tickets are $10.00 and will include a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set, donated by Harold’s Fine Jewelry. The drawing for the pearls will be immediately following the Sunday performance. You do not have to be present to win.

This special Military Appreciation Night is made possible by Performance Sponsors Wind Creek Hospitality, Jim Wilson & Associates, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Wells Fargo, Pickwick, Baptist Foundation of Alabama, WSFA, Cumulus Broadcasting and The Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Military Sponsors are The Alabama Shakespeare Festival; AALOS; Arthur M. Britton Foundation; Fairway Mortgage; Goodwin Mills & Cawood; Hodges Warehouse + Logistics; Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Wright Flyers; Seay, Seay & Litchfield; Sterling Bank and Susan & Jeff Samuel.