Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better! You can SEE as well as HEAR radio programs. "I have long followed the trail of the vampire," Professor Van Helsing tells us, "It lives on…for centuries…draining the blood…the life…from its victims, causing them also to become vampires. And this is our story. The story of a small band or mortals who faced the most powerful vampire of them all." It is 1888 and, in Whitby, England, Lucy Westenra has fallen ill. Her fiancée, Jack Seward has brought her to his sanitarium and called in a battery of physicians, but her condition worsens. Desperate, Jack sends for Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases. Van Helsing's visit coincides with that of Jonathan Harker and his wife, Mina, who had been Seward's nurse, but resigned to care for Jon during his recent illness. Better now, Jon remarks that his law firm has purchased, for a Transylvanian client, the old Abbey next door to Seward's sanitarium. The client's name is Count Dracula. It was during his time in Transylvania that Jon fell ill, though most of his memory of the visit appears to have been erased. R.M. Renfield, a resident at the asylum, seems a lunatic, but Van Helsing perceives there is more to Renfield than meets the eye. Despite all Van Helsing's efforts, Lucy dies. He now turns his attention to Jon. Under hypnosis, Jon remembers his time in Transylvania, and that Count Dracula is a supernatural monster. Newspaper stories speak of a Lady in White haunting the Hampstead Heath, and Van Helsing reveals that this is Lucy, now undead. Seward, enraged, orders Van Helsing from his house. Alone, Van Helsing turns to find Dracula in the room with him. A struggle ensues as Seward and the Harkers enter. Dracula leaves through a window just as Renfield is discovered, broken and bloody, at the door. Before he dies, Renfield reveals his role in Dracula's plot, including the vampire's double life as Jack the Ripper in London. Renfield begs Van Helsing to save Mina, whom Dracula has begun to convert to vampirism. In a final battle at Dracula's Abbey mansion, the vampire is vanquished and Mina is purified as the sun rises.
NotesSome of the advantages to producing radio plays:
One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.
Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.
Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.
Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.
Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.
No Props—only scripts.
This title is in manuscript format. Upon licensing, a permission to photocopy form will be issued.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code D91000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $39.95
- Approx. Run Time 85 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583423271
- "This show was a true crowd pleaser! As the author suggested in his opening notes, audience members closed their eyes to listen, and stepped into Dracula's world. The script was true to the original classic by Bram Stoker, and the actors relished their roles. "
- Review by Deborah Lonon, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, N.C.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Start using sound SFX as soon as possible, even if you are not certain of how to make the desired noise. Your SFX team should be viewed as another actor."
- Tip by Scott Anderson, Northwest Arkansas Audio Theatre, Springdale, Ark.