In the first act, the dancing isn't flashy, but there are nifty flying effects (done by the flying company Foy). The third act is more of the same but more exciting, thanks to fight scenes and an explosive ending.
For fans of showy ballet moves, it's all about the middle act, in which the villagers engage in balletic folk dance and we get the love story of Svetlana (Carolyn Judson) and Frederick (Lucas Priolo) and some humor with an innkeeper (Tim O'Keefe) and his wife (Michelle LeBoeuf).
Ben Stevenson offers up his take on the vampire mythology as Texas Ballet Theater presents Dracula at Bass Performance Hall. For those expecting the traditional Bram Stoker fare involving Mina, Jonathan, Lucy, etc., this could either be a disappointment or a pleasant surprise. Stevenson retains the mythological characteristics of Stoker’s creation and the basic structure of the tale: Dracula wants girl, girl’s friends hunt Dracula. However, the story is much simplified in favor of creating mood and emotion.
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