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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

‘Dracula’ an attention-grabbing extravaganza

— Octavio Martin’s original balletic version of the spine-tingling story “Dracula” premiered last October and will be presented again by the Brandon Ballet in one show only at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic, turn-of-the-century Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

The venue is well-suited for “Dracula,” since it was built only five years after the publication of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror tale of Count Dracula’s bloody obsession with spreading the vampire curse.

Martin, Brandon Ballet’s artistic director, choreographed the story to Philip Feeney’s chilling “Dracula” score. The dancers’ dramatic movements, facial expressions and stunning costumes, along with theatrical set changes and special effects, bring the legend to life.

“It’s something everybody will like, not just people who love ballet,” said Martin.

The villainous lead role will be reprised by last production’s Dracula, Luis Victor Santana. He is a principal dancer with the Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and was trained by the Cuban National Ballet. Brandon Ballet professional dancers Myriam Ayala will play Mina, and Sarah Metzler will play Lucy.

Dancers from Brandon Ballet’s pre-professional program and from The Dance Center, where Martin is a ballet master, will dance supporting roles and solos. About nine extras, ages 11 through 17, from a ballet company in Spring Hill, will join the cast.

Martin and the Brandon Ballet board of directors plan to present “Dracula” each October, “The Nutcracker” in December and a new, original ballet every spring. The world premiere of Martin’s “Aladdin” will be staged in May 2016.

“Dracula” tickets are $25 per adult, $20 per senior 55 and older, and $15 per child 12 and younger. They may be purchased at tututix .com/brandonballet.

Parental discretion advised regarding bringing very young children. For information, contact Brandon Ballet at (813) 684-4282, dance@brandonballet.org, brandon ballet.org or on Facebook.

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