This past weekend, the honors class had the option of going to see the play Dracula put on by the CSP theater department. The play was very well done in both the acting and the effects. The play itself focused on the demise of Dracula and the struggle of those that defeated him. It was very gruesome at times. The most intriguing and entertaining character was Renfield. Renfield is a crazy person that calls Dracula her master and whose biggest desire is for Dracula to honor/ be with her. In the end, Dracula kills Renfield, choosing instead to force blood from women that want nothing to do with him.
This play had a lot of Christian themes in it. The most powerful items in this play were the consecrated host, the Bible, and a crucifix. Evil could not stand to be in the presence of these items. It also tells a lot about being human. This play feeds on the fears of people: the most "innocent" people being corrupted, having a change take place inside of you that you have no control over, loved ones dying, and more. This play has a lot of human elements to it. Going to the play both Thursday night and Friday night revealed something very interesting about interconnectedness. Although seeing a play is often thought of as an individual experience, the mood of the audience as a whole greatly affected the mood of the individual audience member. Thursday night's performance was given to an almost silent, highly engaged audience. Friday's performance, on the other hand, was given to an often-laughing, lighthearted audience. Thursday's performance was therefore much scarier, because the entire audience was treating it that way.
I think that going to this play was a good use of my time. It helped me understand some human and Christian elements in a new way, while also entertaining me. It was a good opportunity to be encouraged by good conquering evil and love enduring through hardship. I never knew the story of Dracula before seeing this play, so it was a new story, which is also a valuable thing to hear. I have walked away from this play with a slightly new perspective.