What is your role in Dracula? I’m playing Miss Lucy Westenra, a delightful young English woman with a handful of suitors.
What brought you out for Dracula? I have long been intrigued by creatures that are not of this world. As a performer, I enjoy physical expression. Playing a character that is a human variant allows for so much exploration and learning. The dichotomy of Lucy’s character captivated me from the first time I read the script. She is sweet, emotional and honest as a woman – a sharp contrast to the ravenous newborn vampire she becomes!
What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? ‘Dracula’ is my first Walterdale show and I am thrilled to be in it! I have been involved in the performing arts (singing, dancing, acting and playing piano) since I was young. I have begun focusing more on acting and gaining stage experience. Most recently I was in Titanic: The Musical (TOWTTB) and 9 to 5: The Musical (Mayfield Dinner Theatre).
Favorite Vampire movie/play other than this one, and why? I have no other favourite – really hard to top a stage production based on the Bram Stoker original! I am working on developing a new play with Corinne Simpson, , which is about vampires. After playing Lucy, I feel like I am more prepared to bring another iconic female vampire to life.
Favorite Halloween Story/Costume and why? I dressed up on Halloween many times as Dorothy, or as the Wicked Witch of the West with my brothers as sidekicks dressed as the tin man, lion, or scarecrow – from The Wizard of Oz. We went full out with costumes, make up and props – and character. One Halloween, I snuck into my auntie’s house dressed as the evil witch and let out the cackle, “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog, too!” Best reaction I ever got from a little impromptu performance. Guess my flair for the theatrical started young. I think there might be a bloodthirsty vampire in my trick-or-treating future!
What are you most looking forward to about this production? I’m so excited about enticing people in to the world of Dracula…to fascinate, seduce and frighten! I can’t wait for their reactions to the effects and surprises that are in store!