‘Crypt’ on Community Center stage Feb. 24

       For the last several Sundays a group of actors, led by experienced Cheyenne-area scriptwriter Valerie Traficante, have been working on a new live production, titled “Count Drakula's Crypt.”

The cast of "Count Drakula's Crypt" (photographed at a recent rehearsal) includes scriptwriter Valerie Traficante (far left) and Jim Coda (as Drakula - center, white shirt with stake in hand). Two performances are scheduled on the Westside Community Center's Hughes Hall stage Sunday, Feb. 24.
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       The public will get a chance to see the family-oriented show - which Traficante describes as “G-rated creepy” - Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hughes Hall at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Performances will be at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
       Drakula will be played by area radio veteran Jim Coda. The cast consists of 18 actors in all (11 adults and 7 youths, with the youngest age 11). The guest director is Anthony Loftus.
       Tickets will be available at the door or online at offbroadmoor.com. The cost is $10 for adults ($5 for ages 12 and under).
       Traficante has developed “Count Drakula's Crypt” through Creepbox Theatre and OffBroadmoor Productions. The websites for both these entities feature her work.
       She has used a similar campy-vampire theme for a web series, titled “Blud Cold,” airing in 2011; and for other live theater, including three productions over the last three years at the city's downtown Lon Chaney Theatre.
       In doing such shows, typically as writer and director, Traficante described her approach as seeking “to involve everyone. We have a lot of fun.”
       “Crypt” will be her first theater production at the Community Center. The rehearsals have also been held there. Hughes Hall (which the center also rents as a gym and for meetings and presentations) is an open space in which the audience arrangement can be customized.
       “I was looking for a different type of venue,” Traficante said, “where you could have tables, not theater seating.” She also likes the hall's “nice stage and old drapes.”
       She described the nonprofit center, which is run by a community-action arm of the Woodmen Valley Chapel, as an “extremely nice organization” that has been “incredibly helpful” in her production.

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