It seems natural for Robert Webster Jr. to dress up as a vampire on the eve of Halloween.
“I’m a huge Halloween jerk,” he said. “I’m the Clark Griswold (‘Vacation’ movies) of my neighborhood. I have the most lights of any house, so when I saw the opportunity to audition for ‘Dracula’ I said ‘Of course’. I hadn’t read the script and I hadn’t read the book since I was a child.
When offered the role, the Indianapolis resident jumped at the chance.
“He’s an iconic character,” said Webster. “Everyone knows Dracula.
Webster is playing the title role in Main Street Productions’ “Dracula” presentation, which runs October 7-17 at the Westfield Playhouse. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.
Brand Davis directs Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. The set is in 1890 with period costumes.
Webster said he avoids seeing other productions before the show and will try to give the role his own touch.
“I once went to audition for ‘Harvey’ (and) I made the mistake of watching the move,” said Webster. “I went to the audition and made Jimmy Stewart to death. I was so mad at myself because I didn’t do it.
The biggest challenge for Webster is getting the Romanian accent for the right character.
Kelly Keller, a resident of the Fishers, plays Van Helsing.
“When it first happened and they announced their season, I was very excited,” Keller said. “Growing up, it was a story I read and liked it a lot. Van Helsing pursues Dracula and is ultimately responsible for his death. He’s the guy who has some vampire hunting experience. This one is very close to the novel.
Lawrence resident Sabrina Duprey plays Mina Murray.
“She is one of the two main girls targeted by Dracula,” Duprey said. “She is a very good Victorian lady. She wants to put her fiancé at ease and get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Durprey said maintaining the British accent for the role is still a challenge.
“I also have to get used to the physical nature of it,” she said. “Modern women are able to slump or stand as they wish. Victorian London women, (there are) certain ways they won’t act. It was a fun challenge.
Noblesville resident Nathaniel Taff plays Murray’s fiancé Jonathan Harker.
“I get a lot of good scary scenes with Dracula. That’s what I love about it, ”said Taff, a 2012 Noblesville High School graduate.
Indianapolis resident Shannon Clancy, who plays Lucy, graduated from Noblesville High School in 2016. She spent her first two years in high school in Westfield.
“This is my first real theater production,” Clancy said. “I usually did musicals or Shakespeare plays.”
In the room, Lucy is bitten by Dracula and returns from the dead.
“This show is a lot of firsts for me,” Clancy said. “This is my first kiss on stage, the first time I die on stage and also one of the first times I played a lead role. It gets really fun to be able to act both monstrously and crazy. and also pure and kind. ”
Lawrence resident Xavier Jones plays John Seward. He said the British accent is the hardest thing for him.
“Other than that, I try to bond with other characters and have good chemistry on stage,” he said. “It is done quite easily. “
To learn more, visit westfieldplayhouse.org
Blood collection set
Fittingly, there will be a blood drive inside the mobile unit at Versiti Blood Center Indiana from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 13 in the Westfield Playhouse parking lot, 220 Union Street. Anyone who donates will receive a free ticket valid for any main street. The productions are broadcast during the 2021-22 season. To register, visit westfieldplayhouse.org/special-events.