Don’t you just love this time of year? The weather is cool (yay sweaters and boots!), the leaves are changing, and anything can be pumpkin.
One thing that I love about this season is the traditions that I have developed for the season.
Family traditions are extremely important, so important that as a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow up to make my own! Halloween happens to be the holiday I made my first customs. Stuff I did starting in high school, has now become an annual event.
My Halloween traditions are:
- DECORATE INSIDE!!!!
- DECORATE OUTSIDE!!!!
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Hot Maple Toddy (Candleberry) scent all over my apartment
- Caramel apples
- Carve pumpkins
- Watch Hocus Pocus at some point
And the most important one…
- Go see Dracula and eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory
Yes, that’s right. I watch the same play year after year, with very little change. I watch it and I enjoy it even more each year.
Actor’s Theatre of Louisville is a regional theater that hosts the annual performance of the play. My theatre teacher, Kathie JR Bettler, took me as a junior in high school. The play was so phenomenal to me, I begged to go again the next year. Then after I graduated high school, I went with a boyfriend, then the next year with friends, etc. It simply was so good, I couldn’t give it up!
8 years later, I have watched this play 8 times. Each time is along the lines of the same play (same script), but unique in its own way. This year was no exception.
Sharina Martin played the best Lucy I had seen in years! She was so passionate with each turn of emotions her character demanded. I can’t describe her scenes played in fear as anything other than raw. She definitely came to Actor’s Theatre to show up and show off. It was my personal favorite addition to the show.
Greg Wood was a new addition to the cast, which is traditionally played by the director, William McNulty. Neill Robertson delivered Reinfield well, and was a crowd favorite.
I also really loved that Randolph Curtis Rand returned to the cast as the the best Dracula EVER! The years of his absence was well missed by me. From the eerie voice, to the mannerisms of the Count, Rand is just a master.
This year what I think I enjoyed the most, was Cody’s company. It was so nice of him to take off work just to take me up to this play. It meant the world to me, knowing that he’d seen it twice before.
We had a great time together. Not only was the performance phenomenal, I enjoyed comparing our previous viewings to the present one. Since we both know the play by now, it was hilarious to watch the crowd’s reactions to all of the crowd engaging action. As Reinfield popped out at the front row, we laughed so hard at the audience’s reaction.
Of course, afterwards, we had to finish the evening with dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory and pumpkin carving at home.
Dear Actor’s Theatre, please never cast anyone besides Rand again.
A Dracula fan girl! <3