Detroit Lakes High School's production of 'Dracula,' opening Friday, goes virtual

Detroit Lakes High School's theatrical adaptation of the Bram Stoker horror classic, "Dracula," will be presented this weekend at the George Simson Auditorium inside Detroit Lakes Middle School. Three performances are set for Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1, with all shows being made available for "live screaming" via the school district's Youtube channel.

In an early scene from "Dracula," Lucy Westenra (Sammy Collins, center) and her friend Mina (Jenna Deremer) decide to take a stroll in the graveyard, where they encounter Mrs. Swales (Jenna Johnson), who is visiting her husband's grave. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Though pandemic safety precautions have limited in-person attendance to friends and family of the cast, this weekend's fall play production of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" at Detroit Lakes Middle School's George Simson Auditorium will be made available for "live screaming" via the Detroit Lakes Public Schools Youtube channel.

"Each cast member has been given two tickets for each performance," explained the play's director, Nikki Caulfield, who adapted Stoker's classic horror novel specifically for this production. No tickets will be sold publicly, due to COVID-19 safety precautions that limit in-person attendance at live events.

Just as they have been doing for Laker sporting events since the start of the school year, however, district administration will make the fall play accessible to the public for live Youtube streaming via the website at (click on the "Laker event streaming Youtube channel" link).

Performance times and dates are listed below.

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' — the cast

The cast and crew for the production is as follows:


  • Lucy Westenra: Sammy Collins
  • Mina Murray-Harker: Jenna Deremer
  • Dr. John Seward: Annika Gulseth
  • Araminta Renfield: Kaitlyn Peterson
  • Nurse: Montana Brown
  • Mrs. Swales/Theodosia Snelling: Jenna Johnson
  • Mrs. Westenra/Mrs. Bloxam: Akira Olp
  • Count Dracula: Victor Jiminez
  • Arthur Holmwood (Lord Godalming): Noah Hendrickson
  • Professor Van Helsing: Gretta Schulberg
  • Jonathan Harker: Luke Ross
  • Stage Manager: Maria Sauer
  • Tech Director: Jacob Swanson
  • Backstage Crew: Lily Townsel, Autumn Engen

If you go

What: Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

Where: George Simson Auditorium, Detroit Lakes Middle School

How: Though in-person seating is limited, and no public tickets will be sold, there will be a "live screaming" option available via the Detroit Lakes Public Schools Youtube channel, accessible at (click on the link for "Laker event streaming Youtube channel")

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