Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Auditions for "Dracula" by Steven Dietz.

Auditions at Carmine Boutique (2708 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida) were a grim and macabre affair. A skinned raccoon was draped over an ottoman. Skulls of every shape and size were tucked away in a curio cabinet. Outside it was pouring rain. Lightning and thunder sparked life in the cadavers on display. This is probably the type of scene that runs through every actors mind as they face the horror of a cold read. Many of the women wore black dresses as if for a funeral. A store salesman offered to show me any item up close. This place really is a sketchers paradise.

Actors filled out forms and then waited for their moment to get on stage. Groups of about ten actors at a time were called to the back room. When they returned they were pumped for in formation about what by in the back of the store. Some actors were asked to stay, while others faced the elements as they rushed back to their cars on this grey miserable and wet day. When the potent-is cast had been narrowed down, all the actors sat in the back room, Edwardian Bar and scenes were rehearsed, with each actors trying out different rolls.

This October, Jeremy Seghers will direct Steven Dietz's adaptation of "Dracula" at Carmine Boutique. Staged in an Edwardian fetish bar surrounded by oddities and antiques, this "Dracula" is dark and creepy and, unlike other versions, stays very faithful to Bram Stoker's novel. This macabre and twisted tale will be told in a twisted and unique boutique. This is the show to catch this October as we approach Halloween.

Dates are: 
October 6, 2016 at 8pm
October 7, 2016 at 8pm
October 8, 2016 at 8pm
October 9, 2016 at 8pm
October 10, 2016 at 8pm
October 13, 2016 at 8pm
October 14, 2016 at 8pm
October 15, 2016 at 8pm

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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