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Halloween Dinner Theater: Dracula


A spooky cemetery scene from a YouTube video about the Dracula dinner theater program

Bram Stoker's ghoulish 1897 tale about the nefarious deeds of the vampire Count Dracula will provide the theme and storyline for a dinner theater program at Old World Wisconsin on three successive weekends this month. The popular dinner theater program assembles guests in the Dracula-decked Clausing Barn loft for a harvest-themed meal, followed by a lamplit walk outdoors to the historic Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall to watch the drama unfold as Londoners try to piece together the clues of Dracula's appearances to save themselves a hideous fate. The dinners and plays take place October 14–15, October 21–23 and October 28–30. These popular programs do tend to sell out, and several shows are already sold out, so it is recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible.

A Truly Unique Dinner Theater Experience

Old World Wisconsin Assistant Director Bob Parker, who developed the dinner theater programs for the outdoor museum, says everything is carefully crafted to create a truly unique experience for the visitor. "Planning for these shows begins a year in advance. We carefully orchestrate every element of the evening, from the choice of plays that appeal to our audience and meet our mission and the tightly themed decorations in the historic Clausing Barn to the well-matched dinner served there and, of course, finding great local actors to perform in our 130-year-old Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall. Our dinner theater program is truly a signature experience that takes advantage of our site."

If You Go

Tickets are $60 for adults, $50 for children 17 and younger (not recommended for children 12 and younger). Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you're comfortably seated before dinner service begins. Dracula is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York. The author is Steven Dietz.

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