Oct 18, 2018

“Dracula” and “The Diviners,” Upcoming Fall Theater Performances

Show curtains with Pickerington Schools logo

Pickerington theater students are bringing two drama plays to the stage this fall. In November, the Pickerington High School Central theater department will present “Dracula,” and the Pickerington High School North theater department will present “The Diviners.”

“Dracula,” written and adapted by Steven Dietz, covers the dramatic, harrowing, and horrifying tale of the prolific man and myth, Dracula.

In the small town of Transylvania, a weakened and aging Dracula finds a second wind in visiting John Harker. Dracula hungers for England and the delicious population that resides in the bustling London streets. Through Harker, Dracula is able to make this journey and finds two unsuspecting women to feed on, Lucy and Mina.

The story is narrated through the rambling, witty, and off-kilter character Renfield, a lost soul who resides in the insane asylum. This asylum is run by a doctor, Seward. Seward’s love for Lucy motivates him to try and save her before she is taken by the darkness. Mina, too, is slowly pulled from the light to the dark. It is up to Van Helsing, Seward, and Harker to save the woman they love and the entire population of England.

Event Times
Thursday, Nov. 1 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 3 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the PHSC Box Office for $11 or at the door for $13. Due to the use of fake blood and a few fight scenes, the theater director/teacher recommends this tale be limited to children fifth grade and higher.

Cast List
Dracula -Travis Allasi
Van Helsing – Brayden Harlor
Renfield – Michael Gilligan
Mina – Kiara Schmidt
Lucy – Corinne Gorgas
Harker – Ian Larson
Seward – Brandon French
Vixens, Maids, Attendants – Nevaeh Ellis, Grace Hoser
Servants/Attendants – Eli Penix, Finnegan Miller
Attendants/Manservants – Dillon Romano, Spencer Roenker

“The Diviners”

This marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he almost drowned.

This trauma, and the loss of his mother in the same accident, has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy’s father. The town doesn’t have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach – while he tries to persuade the child to wash.

When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism. They descend on the event and, in the confusion, the boy drowns.

Event Times
Thursday, Nov. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 – 2 p.m.

Reserved tickets can be purchased in advance at the PHSN Box Office for $12.

Cast List
Buddy Layman – Nicholas Foster
Jennie-Mae Layman – Bella Eberhardt
Ferris Layman – Aiden Hennerfeind
C.C. Showers – Josh Auten
Norma Henshaw – Paige Freeman
Darlene Henshaw – Ellie Rider
Goldie Short – Brooke Badgett
Basil Bennett – Wyatt Rider
Luella Bennett – Lindsey Parker
Melvin Wilder – Roman Johnson
Dewey Maples – Jonah Thompson

Adult Male Understudy – Ian Keller
Teen Male Understudy – Josh Collins
Adult Female Understudy – Samantha Flick
Teen Female Understudy – Maya Norwood

Stage Manager – Henry Brandstaetter
Assistant Stage Manager – Skyler Chrisman