On Halloween, Bath student actors sink their teeth into 'Dracula'

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BATH — Just in time for Halloween, Morse High School’s drama group hits the stage this weekend with a chilling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, “Dracula.”

The show opens at Montgomery Theatre at the school, 826 High St., at 8 p.m. both Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

While Morse usually puts on a spring show, this year director Kevin O’Leary, a drama and English teacher at the school, opted for fall. The spring can be a crazy time, with the school year about to end and seniors about to graduate, O’Leary said.

“When I saw  the calendar last spring, and saw that Halloween fell on a Friday night, I knew it; I knew what I wanted to do,” he explained last week.

And what he wanted to do? Dracula – a character that puts him in mind of his early 20-something, black-garbed, unshaven self. A character who gets to sleep all day and come out at night.

“I think, if you scratched just a little bit below the surface of every human being, we all want to be Dracula; there’s something so appealing about that character,” O’Leary said.

“… Maybe it’s that he’s immortal, maybe that he’s a real bad dude. Maybe it’s that he is incredibly charming. And maybe that, in the end, we know that he really needs to have that stake through his heart.”

O’Leary is big on including all students who want to be involved, and giving freshmen stage experience for future performances. Twenty-four youths line the cast, including “vampirettes,” who follow Dracula along, and six butlers.

The show stars senior Paden Stanton as Count Dracula and junior Alizhay Gagnon as Lucy, and also includes Quinlan Boyle, Robbie Chandler, Jake Haddock, Cassie Lambert, Morgan Quigg, Griffin Tibbetts and Jake Haddock.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Students Alizhay Gagnon and Paden Stanton star in Morse High School’s performance of “Dracula,” which runs Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.