Olentangy Orange High School will present "Dracula" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the school theater, 2840 Orange Road, Lewis Center.

Olentangy Orange High School will present "Dracula" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the school theater, 2840 Orange Road, Lewis Center.

"With the continual interest in vampire folklore, the great special effects, humorous content and the overall potential of this (theater) group, 'Dracula' seemed like a particularly good choice," said Cathy Swain-Abrams, Orange's drama director, in a press release.

The play is adapted from Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula," by Ted Tiller, Swain-Abrams said.

Along with the traditional horror and drama of the novel, the play adds comedy and special effects to the story of Dracula and his pursuit of a young woman named Mina. Dracula wants to turn Mina into a vampire and marry her.

Senior Jonathan Mansour, who portrays Count Dracula, said he enjoys the challenge "because everybody knows that vampires don't really exist, but it's the job of the actor to convey to the audience, for the time being, that they are real.

"My character is multi-dimensional -- a vampire who has lived for many centuries," Mansour said. "While he is inherently evil, he understands love and compassion, and he's a good character to play in order to stretch yourself as an actor because he allows for a lot of different emotions. He goes from suave, calming and convincing to savage, controlling and evil very quickly."

Senior Cate Vavrinak plays Mina. "Mina is the one that Dracula is after to make his bride. All the characters are trying to protect her from turning into a vampire," Vavrinak said. "Each time that Dracula comes, she becomes more and more a vampire. She'll turn into a vampire at moments and then back into herself."

Vavrinak said she enjoys the challenge that a character in transition brings.

"The true Mina is very modest, graceful, proper, sweet and innocent. She has a warmth about her when she speaks," Vavrinak said. "The vampire Mina is very seductive and catlike. Her movements are not so graceful and light and airy (as the true Mina), but moving like into the ground."

The special effects play a big part in the production.

"The special effects are used to aid the plot development," Mansour said. "Changing (Dracula) from a bat to a human, (showing) he has the strength of 20 men and can become invisible -- special effects that are appealing to the audience."

The performance and special effects are high-caliber, Swain-Abrams said.

"I expect people to walk away, having to remind themselves that this was a high school play because it was so well done," she said in the press release.

Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performances or for reserved seating from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday- Friday, Nov.

2-6, at Olentangy Orange High School box office, 2840 Orange Road, Lewis Center.