THEATRE: ‘Dracula’ kicks off Royal Canadian’s season of plays

"Steampunk"-style story at Surrey Arts Centre from Oct. 8 to 10

Kurtis Maguire and Elyse Maloway star in Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s production of “Dracula

SURREY — It’s rare for a local theatre group to stage a series of productions here in a given season, but that’s what Royal Canadian Theatre Company is doing.

RCTC is prepping three plays for the stage at Surrey Arts Centre for its 2015-16 season, starting with a version of “Dracula” in mid-October. The other productions are the holiday panto “Puss in Boots” and “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.,” which will hit the boards at the Bear Creek Park venue next March.

Royal Canadian Theatre saw a jump in show attendance of 11 per cent from 2014 to 2015, giving the company confidence to expand its programming.

“(We have become) known for providing affordable, entertaining work at a very high standard – working with both local talent and theatre artists from all over the Greater Vancouver region,” said Ellie King, the company’s artistic director.

Previously, Royal Canadian has enjoyed successes with shows such as “Cinderella,” “No Sex Please, We’re British” and “Shirley Valentine.”

This fall, King will direct the company’s take on “Dracula” for its run from Oct. 8 to 10 at Surrey Arts Centre, using the 1929 script that was a Broadway hit and made a star of Bela Lugosi. King is giving this gothic classic thriller an update by setting it in a “steampunk” universe. Here, Count Dracula’s arch nemesis, Professor Van Helsing, is cast as a strong, wise and mysterious woman (Kathryn Stewart), giving a whole new dimension to their conflict.

“The good professor is not up against any ‘Twilight’ teen-angst vampire here: This is a truly evil being, and the outcome of the battle is never certain,” King told the Now.

Elyse Maloway, who plays heroine Lucy Seward, is a Cloverdale resident who comes to “Dracula” straight from Theatre Under the Stars, as does Adam Olgui, another Surrey resident, playing her fiancée Jonathan Harker. Jamie O’Neill, a Langley resident, is Butterworth the attendant, and Renfield, the crazed servant of Dracula, is played by Aaron Stewart of North Delta, last seen as Sgt. Trotter in Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s production of “The Mousetrap” last March.

The evil Count himself is played by Kurtis Maguire from New Westminster. Rounding out the cast are Hannah Williams as the flirty Miss Wells and Paul Fisher as Lucy’s father, Dr. Seward.

With “Puss in Boots,” the company promises to bring back “all Surrey’s panto favourites,” King says. “This time, our hero must battle an ogre to win a castle and the hand of his princess.”

Later, “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.” will show audiences what can happen when you cheat on your tax returns.

For more show details and ticket information, call 604-501-5566 or visit Rctheatreco.com.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dubai-based company buys Fraser Surrey Docks

Company also has ports and terminals in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert

Surrey Police to work with integrated teams during transition from RCMP

Terry Waterhouse says new police force will ‘collaborate’ with RCMP to maintain continuity of investigations

Solicitor General has ‘no illusions’ about acrimony over Surrey’s police transition

Farnworth wants report released to public ‘a week this coming Tuesday’

Surrey councillors ‘very disappointed’ as B.C. gives final approval of city police force

Meantime, Safe Surrey Councillor Allison Patton says she can ‘breath a sigh of relief’

Delta Hockey Academy wins WHL U.S. Challenge Cup

Canadian youth teams dominated the inaugural tournament last weekend in Kent, Wash.

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

Conservative MP questions whether rail blockades constitute terrorism

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett travelled to B.C. to meet Indigenous leaders

Lawsuit over African mine can be heard in British Columbia: Supreme Court

B.C. courts dismissed Nevsun’s attempts to make Eritrea the forum for any lawsuit proceedings

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Most Read