Dr. Seward's Dracula and The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play Performances Wrap up this Weekend

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The Normandale Community College Theatre Department opened its 2015-16 Theatre Season on Wednesday, October 28.

The 2015-16 theatre season began with The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play and Dr. Seward's Dracula performing in repertory on October 28-31 and November 4-7 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein wraps up with two performances on Saturday, November 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play is set in the late 1700's, in one of Bavaria's forgotten cemeteries, where a lone gravedigger discovers a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. What the gravedigger doesn't know is that the man is none other than the legendary monster created by a mad doctor. What the scarred man doesn't know is the gravedigger's hand in his creation. What neither men know is they are hunted by their shared past.

Dr. Seward's Dracula finishes on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

In Dr. Seward's Dracula, Dr. Jack Seward has isolated himself from the rest of the world after losing his love and dearest friends to Dracula. Soon a strange man begins haunting him in the night and a series of eerily similar murders puts him at the center of the horror once again. Is the vampire still lurking? Why is this novelist named Stoker so interested in his story? In an electrifying climax, the young doctor must come face to face with his demons, both real and imagined.

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at boxoffice@normandale.edu.

The following are descriptions of the three other performances that will take place during the 2015-16 academic year:

The View From Here: Misery loves company! Fern an agoraphobic woman in her late thirties, is waiting on a sign from above, telling her she can embrace the outside world. Along with a dysfunctional group of oddball friends and family, Fern's fears are put to the test and hilarity ensues. The View From Here sheds an insightful light on the idea of individuality and how we can help "cure" each other's insecurities through love and support.

The Dining Room: The Dining Room is a thought-provoking play that revolves around an artifact slowly losing its importance in the American home - the dining room table. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes - some funny, some touching, some painful. The varied scenes are filled with identifiable characters of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity - leaving us to question how we nurture those deepest human connections when things are moving so fast around us.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Six spellers enter, one speller leaves, and the losers get a juice box! The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is the story of six young middle schoolers in the throes of puberty who learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of over-achievers' angst chronicles the experience of these adolescent outsiders as they (and a few lucky audience members) compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime.