Ohio Wesleyan to Present ‘The Passion of Dracula’

Five February Theatre Performances Promise Fun and Fangs!
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Ohio Wesleyan will present ‘The Passion of Dracula’ in February. The cast includes Kristen Krak (center) as Wilhelmina Murray; Nick Ehlers (from left) as Abraham Van Helsing; Chris MacDonald as Jonathan Harker; Brian Brockman as Lord Godalming; Emma Merritt as Dr. Helga Van Zandt; and Matthew Jamison as Dr. Cedric Seward. (Photo by Cara Slotkin.)

Ohio Wesleyan will present ‘The Passion of Dracula’ in February. The cast includes Kristen Krak (center) as Wilhelmina Murray; Nick Ehlers (from left) as Abraham Van Helsing; Chris MacDonald as Jonathan Harker; Brian Brockman as Lord Godalming; Emma Merritt as Dr. Helga Van Zandt; and Matthew Jamison as Dr. Cedric Seward. (Photo by Cara Slotkin.)

DELAWARE, OHIO – It promises to be a show that theatre-goers can sink their teeth into.

The Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Theatre & Dance will present “The Passion of Dracula” for five performances in February. Written by Bob Hall and David Richmond, this updated version of the classic Bram Stoker novel is filled with suspense, romance, special effects, and humor.

The play takes place in 1911 in the English countryside and follows the fang-filled suspense that ensues when Count Dracula moves into the area near the ominous Whitby Sanatorium.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15, and 16, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

The production is directed by professor Elane Denny-Todd, M.F.A., and involves more than 50 students. The scenic design is by Chad Knutson, lighting design by guest artist Jeff Gress, and costume design by Jackie Shelley. Stage management is by Ohio Wesleyan students Kati Sweigard, a junior from North Olmsted, Ohio, and Andrea Kraus, a senior from Kissimmee, Fla.

To reserve tickets for Ohio Wesleyan’s production of “The Passion of Dracula,” call the Department of Theatre & Dance at (740) 368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations are strongly recommended and group discounts are available.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for Ohio Wesleyan employees, non-OWU students, and senior citizens. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid ID courtesy of a grant from the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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