The Picketwire Players are poised to present their fall production of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” this week. Show dates are October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., with a ticket price of $12. The cast and crew sat down to share their experience of working on this classic horror story, and what makes this production a “must see” for the Halloween Season.

Heather Pidcock-Reed/Lucy: Why do you think that “Dracula” is considered a classic? “I think it is considered a classic because it is the foundation of our modern vampire lore. It speaks to our fascination with darkness and good overcoming evil.”

Tom Seaba/Professor Van Helsing: Why should people come and see this show? “The attention to detail in the costumes and special effects. Also, the timeliness of the show. Doesn’t everyone love a good fright now and then?”

Nariah Smith/Vixen: What is your favorite part of this show? “Getting to work with such an amazing group of people!”

Sue Keefer/ Insane Asylum attendant: Do you think people who are fans of the book will enjoy this show? “Yes, I believe that they will. Live theater is different every night, so it always offers you a new experience. It doesn’t take away from your own imagination; it adds to it.”

Angel Leija/Mina: What has surprised you the most about this show? “How committed everyone has been. How much everyone is willing to stretch themselves and step out of their comfort zone to bring these characters to life. It’s been such a good experience.”

Patrick Smith/ Dr. Seward: Who will enjoy this show? “Anyone who is wanting a good Halloween story, because this is going to be scary.”

Cale Dubois/ Vixen: Why is it fun to be frightened? “It lets us face our fears, and it allows us to face our fears in a controlled way.”

George Larsen/Dracula: What do you hope the audience will take away from this show? “I hope that they will come and experience feelings that they don’t normally have from seeing a Picketwire show. I hope they have a new experience when watching this play.”

Jayden Martinez/Harker: Why is community theater important to you? “Theater is the thing that I love more than anything else. I am always learning new things and having new experiences when I do theater.”     

Des Tafoya/Vixen: Will people who come to the show be spooked? “Yes! The special effects and the acting make it spooky.”

Traci Petry/Maid: What inspired you to audition to be a part of this show? “I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to just sit in the audience anymore.’ It is a little hard to work up the nerve to audition, but my advice is ‘just do it’!”

Adam Clark/Renfield: What have you enjoyed the most about this production? “Having the added freedom to create my character, and getting to see other actors have that same freedom. I enjoy that the director lets us have creative control of our characters, as long as it fits into the context of who that character actually is. It’s a lot more fun that way. As you get closer to the show, you get to see how the characters become something spectacular.”

Audrey Tafoya/ General Assistance: How have you seen the play develop over the course of this production? “The actors have really embraced their characters and have brought them to life. The show is really starting to come together. It’s really exciting to see it get spookier as it gets closer to production dates.”

Hilary Harsh/Backstage Manager: What do you love about backstage work? “Honestly, backstage is the best place for me to be. I don’t act, but I still want to be a part of bringing a story to life. I enjoy getting to use my critical thinking skills if something goes wrong. I like being able to fix any problems that come up.”

Lena Figueroa/ Special Effects Manger: What is fun/challenging about theatrical special effects? “I think the fun is in the challenge itself. Testing the mechanics of whichever effect we’re using, calculating all the moving pieces of what cue needs to launch which effect. You still have to be prepared for something unexpected when you’re dealing with a live show. It’s a great mix of preparation and a little chaos. That’s what makes it fun for me.”

Tickets for “Dracula” can be purchased online at picketwireplayers.org, or by stopping by the theater at 802 San Juan in La Junta. Box office hours are 5:30 - 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets can be reserved by calling 384-8320.