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Dracula: Ballet With a Bite

When: Tue., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. 2013

What do Dracula and Melrose Place have in common? Well, besides a love triangle, the only other answer could be Grant Show, who played Jake Hanson on Melrose Place and now stars as Count Dracula in the Columbia City Ballet’s Dracula: Ballet With a Bite. After the first full dress rehearsal, the current Devious Maids star Show says, “Wow, these dancers are great. I’m humbled by their art and athleticism. I’ll be doing everything I can to keep up this week.” William Starrett, executive and artistic director of the CCB, created the ballet adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula more than 20 years ago, working with composer Thomas E. Semsanski for two years until the music sounded just right. “I told the composer the action I saw in my mind, walked through the whole ballet with a timeline, and then he [wrote] the music,” says Starrett. Dracula has become nearly as popular as CCB’s Nutcracker. The Dracula audience typically consists of young professionals, which is much different than the typical ballet audience, according to Margey Bolen, director of marketing and public relations. Still not convinced the ballet should be added to your Halloween social calendar? “It’s a very sexually charged performance,” says Starrett. Hmm, maybe it has more in common with Melrose Place than we thought?

Corinne Boyer

Price: $25-$45

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