Dracula features the most extensive use of pyro-technics in Charleston Stage’s history. While the goal is to produce the most spectacular effects ever, safety is paramount, in fact to produce pyrotechnics onstage all effects have to be cleared with state and local fire marshals and a Charleston City Fireman is on hand for every performance. Effects can also only be set off by licensed pyro technecians and Chris Russell, who designed the pyrotechnics for this show, has been licensed and also supervises many of the areas fireworks displays each year.
To further insure safety all the curtains, scenic elements, even actors costumed have been fireproofed and each effect carefully rehearsed. So while some of the spectacular effects last only seconds, hours and hours have gone into them to insure they are not only spectacular, but safe as well.