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Theatrical Thrills

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Charleston Stage presents Dracula, while The Footlight Players explore Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Photographs courtesy of (Dracula) Charleston Stage & (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) The Footlight Players

October 19, 2011

Theatrical Thrills
If you’re looking for some Halloween chills this month, head out to local stages after the sun sets, where spooks—from pointy-toothed villains to flamboyantly dressed fiends—are sure to send shivers up your spine


Long before Twilight, there was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a gothic horror story that has ensnared imaginations since it was first introduced in 1897. The original prince of darkness comes to Charleston in the shadows of October—courtesy of Charleston Stage—as Van Helsing and company fight the Transylvanian Count at the historic Dock Street Theatre. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $48-$22. (843)577-7183,

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

The transformation begins just in time for Halloween as The Footlight Players present Emmett Robinson’s adaptation of the gothic novella. The tale of split personalities explores the nature of inherent good and evil in humanity, cautioning us all that pride is indeed the most dangerous of sins. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $22 senior; $15 student. (843)722-4487,

The Rocky Horror Show

Ages 21 and older, get your water guns ready for The Flowertown Players’ production of this epic rock musical. Audience participation is highly encouraged for this cult-classic, so make sure to wear your best costume and get ready to throw some rice as you sing along to favorites such as “Time Warp.” The special midnight show promises the freakiest and most interactive entertainment in town. James F. Dean Theatre, 133 South Main St., Summerville. Friday-Saturday, times vary. $25-$20. (843)875-9251,

Thriller: Monster Mashup

Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab during Charleston Ballet Theatre’s wild A Monster Mash-up. Hedwig & the Angry Inch star Brian Porter hosts as Dr. Frankenfurter while the dance troupe delivers pirouettes and tour jetés from Jill Earthorne Barh’s Rocky Horror. Plus, Have Nots! founder Greg Tavares reveals an inside look at zombies from Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video. Charleston Music Hall, 437 John St. Friday, 8pm. $32. (843)723-7334,

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