JIMMY JOHANSMEYER AS THE SINGINGEST AND FUNNIEST DRACULA EVER
On these crisp days of autumn, as Halloween creeps closer, you might enjoy some mulled cider or a mug of hot chocolate, with or without marshmallows. That’s not everyone’s cup of tea, however. For one rock star named Drac, his choice of beverage wanders to something a little thicker with a definite cast of red. This definitely dangerous songster desires the unique life sustaining resource: blood. As he is a vampire, that just makes sense.
To make his acquaintance, trick or treat over to the Milford Center for the Arts to enjoy the original musical “Dractastic” conjured up by Bert Bernardi for book and lyrics and Justin Rugg for music. Pantochino Productions will offer up this spicy concoction until Sunday, November 1 just as ghosts and goblins and all things that go bump in the night magically appear.
Clearly Drac, a mysteriously musical Jimmy Johansmeyer, is admired by his legions of fans. His special groupies include Kylie Poggio, Kate Harris and Sabrina Henderson, but others quickly come to his nightclub The Edge, to pay allegiance to their hero. Justin Rugg’s Renfield wants to be Drac’s agent and has contracts and concert dates for him to attend to, while attractive young starlets Lucy Weston, an enthusiastic Shelley Marsh Poggio, and Mina Steward, a sparkling and eager Mary Mannix, can’t wait to be in his enigmatic presence.
Before you can say “BOO,” Mina’s concerned papa (Jeremy Tortora) and confused fiance (Andrea Pane) are following her trail, hoping to rescue her from Drac’s thirsty clutches. They seek to enlist the aid of Von Helsig, a problem solving professor played by George Spelvin.
While Lucy and Mina have fallen under the spell of Drac’s mesmerizing music, bug eaters, zombies, bats and vampires are decidedly on the loose. Get into the Halloween spirit in this Bert Bernardi staged and directed production, with fantastic costuming by Jimmy Johansmeyer. For tickets ($18 online and $20 at the door), go online to www.pantochino.com. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. At Saturday 2 p.m. shows only, cabaret tables will be available so you can bring your own food and drinks. Shows are at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South at the train station in Milford. Watch for the next original holiday musical “Christmas Cookies” rolling merrily along December 11-27.
Dress in costume (or not) as that most unusual song master Drac weaves his spell as the Halloween holiday comes to call.