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{Dracula} By Lynne Taylor-Corbett

‘Tis the season for dark and spooky for Halloween.

Carolina Ballet is revisiting the double-feature production of Robert Weiss’ Masque of the Red Death (based on Edgar Allen Poe’s tale) and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Dracula (based on Bram Stoker’s novel). These ballets were first choreographed my second season with the company in 2010.

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Past Posts both published in Oct 2011.

Dracula’s Twisted Sister on the Streets & Dracula’s Sleepwalker 

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In Masque, I originated the role of a Pimpinella dancer, but this year I have been able to work on a role I used to (and still do) admire watching on stage. In Weiss’ rendition of the creepy tale, sixteen characters dance through various colored rooms until, ultimately, the Red Death kills them all. (Sorry for the spoiler.) I remember, sitting on stage four years ago, admiring the Arabian pas de Quatre – I had the chance to perform for the first time last weekend. The Arabian princess is twirled and tossed between three gentlemen. I watched the two other casts multiple times, so when I had the opportunity to go in during rehearsals, I was surprised by the ease of it all. It looked so much more complicated! It’s also nice having three men making you look good.

In Dracula, I come back to being a Twisted Sister, aka. Dracula’s vampire brides. It really is a fun part that makes the audience gasp. I have watched from the front a few times and without fail, there is always a reaction when the three Sisters comes crawling from stage right with their huge teased hair, vampire teeth and skimpy outfits. In 2010 & 2011, I teased my own hair, but I’ve since cut my hair short and didn’t have enough to whip around. I must say it is very nice destroying a hair weave rather than my own. (Photos below.)

Lara O'Brien as Lucy with Sean Armstrong and Oliver Beres as Dracula's Shadows in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Lara O’Brien as Lucy with Sean Armstrong and Oliver Beres as Dracula’s Shadows in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Lara O'Brien as Lucy with Marcelo Martinez as Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Lara O’Brien as Lucy with Marcelo Martinez as Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Margaret Severin-Hansen as Mina Harker looking over Marcelo Martinez as Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Margaret Severin-Hansen as Mina Harker looking over Marcelo Martinez as Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

This image is from Dracula‘s premiere in 2010.

Twisted Sisters - Barbara Toth, Cecilia Iliesiu and Elice McKinley in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula."

Twisted Sisters – Barbara Toth, Cecilia Iliesiu and Elice McKinley in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.”

Four years later…

Elice McKinley, Cecilia Iliesiu and Elizabeth Ousley in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Chris Walt, 2014.

Elice McKinley, Cecilia Iliesiu and Elizabeth Ousley in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Chris Walt, 2014.

Yevgeny Shlapko as Harker; Elizabeth Ousley and Elice McKinley (on L) and Cecilia Iliesiu (on R) in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Yevgeny Shlapko as Harker; Elizabeth Ousley and Elice McKinley (on L) and Cecilia Iliesiu (on R) in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Chris Walt, 2014.

Richard Krusch as Harker; Cecilia Iliesiu (top); Elice McKinley (on L); Elizabeth Ousley (on R) in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's "Dracula." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Richard Krusch as Harker; Cecilia Iliesiu (top); Elice McKinley (on L); Elizabeth Ousley (on R) in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Dracula.” Photo by Chris Walt, 2014.

The hair is crazy! Happy Halloween.

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2 Comments

  1. Charlie Morazan says

    The Sat. Matinee must of been second cast (10/25) because Ashley, Alicia & Randi danced the major roles in Dracula. In my opinion, they were terrific. Ashley has to be the most improved this season, she was exquisite. Alicia was beautiful and exciting. Randi excelled as usual, especially with her never ending kicks. I felt this second cast was first class. Kudos to the entire corps.

    Sent from my iPad Charlie

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    • Hi Charlie. Thank you for your lovely comments. The cast of Randi, Ashley and Alicia as Twisted Sisters is actually first cast. They are fabulously scary and seductive!

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