We're still more than a week out from the start of October but some of us are already in a Halloween state of mind. That includes Gaslight Melodrama, which opens its seasonally appropriate “Dracula's Big Adventure" on Friday.
The titular journey begins when the immortal vampire, played by Josh Lubatti, decides he's tired of just drinking blood and being spooky. So he sets off for what he considers a normal life.
Gaslight artistic director Michael Prince said the musical is a show within a show.
"When Dracula decides to leave and take off, Renfield lets the other characters know that Dracula has abandoned them. They go on a search to find him and convince him there is no place like home."
A fan of Bram Stoker's novel — and the 1992 film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola — Prince was surprised to realize the theater had never done a show centered on the vampire.
Most of the show's other colorful characters come from the book: the insect-loving assistant, played by Chayce Perlis; the undead's usual adversaries Van Helsing (Garret Lawrence) and Mina (Tessa Ogles); Dracula's brides — unnamed in the book but going by Eve (Tamara White) and Margo (Jennifer Prince) in this show.
Gaslight's show has one notable addition, Papa Vlad, played by theater veteran Jay Stodder.
"He's Dracula’s grandfather and acts as the voice of reason," Prince said.
But reason aside, this show plays up the laughs perhaps never more so than at the end of Act 1, Prince said.
All the characters, who have been tracking Dracula down to bring him home, ditch their disguises as residents in the town to which the vampire has fled.
"Their disguises are really lame, pulling off glasses like Clark Kent."
"Seeing Josh’s reaction to being fooled by everyone, we all die laughing. He’s hysterical."
“Dracula's Big Adventure" runs this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Gaslight Melodrama, 12748 Jomani Drive. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and $14 for children. Call 587-3377 for reservations. The show runs now through Nov. 11.
The little ones might also enjoy ongoing ”The Little Mermaid” presented by Omnipresent Puppet Theater. The Lunch with the Puppets presentation runs Saturday and Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6, 587-3377, omnipuppets.org.
It will be twice as nice at Temblor Brewing Co. on Saturday with Temblorfest II. The brewery is celebrating two years in business with a day of dancing, music, games, raffles, food trucks and, of course, beer.
Festivities kick off with line dancing from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Live music starts at 3:30 p.m. with Josh Aigner Band followed by Lonely Avenue at 6 p.m. and Truxtun Mile at 8:30 p.m.
Raffles will be held every half-hour from 2 to 8 p.m. People can play games to earn tickets to enter in the raffle. Also of note is the "Beerd and Mashtache" competition, a team-up with local business That Beard Stuff. The contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. with sign-ups at 5.
On tap will be the seasonal Temblorfest Marzen and an Anniversary double IPA. The event runs from 1 to 11 p.m. at Temblor, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.
Building in 3-D
The Beale Memorial Library has teamed with local business Androids 3D for a 3-D printing workshop for teens and tweens. Having seen a 3-D printer in action — and all the fun stuff it can make — I can tell you if I was in the right age bracket, I'd be signed up.
There are three sessions, with the first taking place this Saturday at 2 p.m. Other sessions are planned for Oct. 28 and Nov. 18.
Attendees will be able to design a project using the business's printer. Registration is required by calling 868-0701.