The Compass

July 3, 2003

"Dracula at the Stonington Opera House "

Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House has announced the world premiere of an original musical theater, Actors’ Equity production, “Dracula: The covenant,” in three performances at the Stonington Opera House from July 11 to 13. The opening night gala to benefit will be Friday, July11, at 7 PM.

“Dracula: The Covenant,” created by Broadway performers Dodie Pettit and Kevin Gray, and directed by Opera House Co-Artistic Director carol Estey, is a highly original, obsessive, theological interpretation of the classic horror story, according to a new release.

The musical presents the compelling tale f people’s efforts for survival in a world where each believes they know how best to achieve that- even Dracula.

“Dodie and Kevin’s original interpretation, score, and lyrics are so unique and intriguing that the sneak preview they performed last summer at the Opera House captivated a sold-out audience,” said Estey in an interview from rehearsals in New York City. “And this cast is just superb: great voices and acting ability.”

Gray and Pettit’s credits include leading roles in a number of Broadway shows, including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Phantom of the Opera.” “Dracula: The Covenant” stars Gray in the title role a features Tim Ewing ( National Tour of “Mamma Mia!” plus TV credits including “Law & Order,” “All My children” and “Guiding Light”); Michael Hunsaker (TV credits include “ED,” “As the World Turns” and “All My Children”); and Kate Suber (“Titanic”, “On the Town”) .

The show will be fully produced, transforming and extending the Opera House stage and including period costumes from the 1890’s.

Deer Isle students get free admission to “Dracula” with reservations.