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Dracula/The Masque of the Red Death 

When: Oct. 13-30 2011
Price: $25-65
www.carolinaballet.com

Take a night off from Netflixing True Blood and DVRing The Walking Dead to experience the horror genre's Gothic origins as the Carolina Ballet reprises last year's smash double feature of Dracula and The Masque of the Red Death. Broadway and television star Alan Campbell, whose performance opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard snagged him a Tony nomination, returns as Dr. Seward, who vows to keep the seductive, undead Count away from the conflicted Mina Harker. Two-time Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett choreographed and wrote the adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic. Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss crafted this version of Edgar Allan Poe's allegory for the inevitability of death or revolution. Prince Prospero, in an effort to protect the other nobility from the plague ravaging the commoners, throws a lavish ball in his castle, but a mysterious uninvited guest carries the day. N.C. State music department director J. Mark Scearce wrote the music for both performances, which the company's music director, Alfred E. Sturgis, will conduct. The production opens with 8 p.m. performances Thursday and Friday, then continues through Oct. 30 with shows on Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. —Chris Vitiello

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