This production of Dracula requires multiple sets from a fog laden graveyard, to Dr. Seward’s study at the insane asylum he runs, to the asylum’s laboratory, to Mina’s tomb and Dracula’s lair. Because of the rapid paced acting, these five sets have to quickly morph from one to the other requiring an army of stage hands backstage to move each scenic unit on and offstage. Co-set designers Julian Wiles and Stephanie Christensen created totally original sets for this special production, building every unit from scratch. “We wanted all the familiar elements, gravestones, fog, etc. but we wanted original touches too. We researched other productions and of course, looked at 19th century laboratories and meticulous drawing rooms from the period,” says Wiles.
Charleston Stage recently surveyed audience members, and the set was one of the top things patrons loved about Dracula. Come see for yourself! Dracula continues running Oct. 19 – 30 at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Purchase tickets online at www.charlestonstage.com.