GHS students prep for 'Dracula' performance

Gainesville High School drama students rehearse “Dracula” at the GISD Auditorium, 1201 Lindsay Street, Thursday evening. Opening night for the production is set for Thursday, Oct. 27. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at the auditorium 30 minutes prior for seating. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.


Searching for something to do to get in the Halloween spirit? Look no further. Gainesville High School drama students are preparing for their first ever horror production.

Theater Director Morgan Sims said rehearsals for “Dracula”, a play written by Steven Dietz based off Bram Stoker’s classic novel, have been underway since the third week of school.

“This is the largest show production-wise we have done,” she said. “It’s been a really interesting and exciting process.”

The new adaptation restores the suspense and terror of Stoker’s popular story to the stage, according to a news release by the Gainesville Independent School District.

“As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances, in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate,” the release states.

Sims said the show will run an estimated two hours with a 10 minute intermission.

Be advised, there is “horror and blood” throughout the production, Sims said as a warning to parents who might bring small children.

“I’d say children younger than 12 will probably not enjoy it as much, but it depends on the child,” she said.

Sims said if one is in the mood for something frightful this Halloween season, come out and enjoy the show at the GISD Auditorium, 1201 Lindsay Street in Gainesville.

“These kids are so remarkably talented,” she said. “It’s worth seeing their work.”

Shows are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, Oct. 29, Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., school officials said.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Sims at 940-665-5528, or purchased at the door the day of the performance.


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