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Fall victim to bloody good time at ‘Dracula’ play at Athens State

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447

If you're not already in the mood for Halloween, you will be if you visit Athens State University this weekend — though you may want to cover your neck first.

Athens State University's drama department will perform "Dracula" this weekend and on Halloween and Halloween Eve.

The classic tale of the creepy Transylvania count, loosely based on the novel by Bram Stoker, will be played out by student and community actors.

The play is appropriate for all ages. However, director Tom McDougle said he especially hopes parents will pry their children away from TV and video games to watch the "real live thing."

"We're trying to get children back into a real art," McDougle said. Plus, the storyline should appeal to them.

"It's a classic piece of literature where good conquers evil. It's fun, especially this time of year."

Ghost stories

Before the play, professor emeritus Joe Slate will tell stories about the ghost of McCandless Hall that is said to have haunted the building since the turn of the century.

After the play, the audience is encouraged to stay and talk to the actors or discover how the props were made.

McDougle said he is excited to bring the story of Dracula to life again, as it has slowly slipped from the popularity it enjoyed when he was a child. He still remembers staying up late to watch the film and other similar creepy horror movies.

"I have a huge sense of nostalgia wrapped around the story itself," he said.

If you go

What: "Dracula" play

Where: Athens State University, McCandless Hall

When: Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and ghost stories start at 7

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. For groups of six or more, tickets are $5. Buy tickets at the door or call 216-3319 or e-mail for advance tickets.

Or, for a lighter Dracula ...

Check out “Dracula, The Musical?” at the Historic Crockett Theater in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Nov. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the family-friendly comedy are available at the door for $7 for adults, $5 for students and children.

Hungry? Call ahead to nosh at the “fang-pleasing” Draculean Buffet Dinner before the show at the Square 40 restaurant on the Lawrenceburg Square from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner and show tickets are $15 per person and are available only in advance. E-mail for reservations and information or call (931) 762-9275.

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