Weathervane Playhouse will have auditions Aug. 2 and 3 for its production of "Dracula."

Auditions, which are by appointment, are 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3. Auditioners are asked to prepare one monologue that is one or two minutes long.

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Weathervane Playhouse is at 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron.

"Dracula" will run Oct. 1 through 18.

Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula. But the Count is exceedingly resourceful, employing superhuman strength, psychic powers, and shape-changing to confound and frustrate his antagonists. Culminating in a wild and shocking confrontation between the King of Vampires and those who would rid the world of him, this adaptation is an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker's classic tale of horror.

Characters include:

ROBERT RENFIELD, a lunatic of unique appetites and an unfortunate sense of humor.

A MONSTER, a vicious supernatural demon; the shape assumed by Dracula when he isn't concerned by appearances. Part zombie, part werewolf, he loves a good chase and is always thirsty.

MINA GRANT, a beautiful undead woman in her late twenties. We will se her in various stages of vampirism.

MARGARET SULLIVAN, Dr. Seward's loyal assistant. Irish. Tries to conceal her working class roots with an air of propriety.

ABRAM VAN HELSING, an older man, still in good physical condition, with a razor mind and an intense interest in the supernatural.

DR. THOMAS SEWARD, an intelligent, fine young Englishman in his early thirties. The former fiance of the late Mina Grant. A deeply caring, vulnerable human being.

COUNT DRACULA, a brute who revels in the pain and suffering he brings to others. Capable of enormous charm and courtly manners when such affections are called for.

THE BRIDES, three Vampiresses with seductive ways and dire purposes.

THE CHILD, female, between 7 and 10. Wears a communion dress.

NORBERT BRIGGS, an attendant at the asylum. A rough customer; not entirely a brute, but capable of violent behaviorwhen pushed to it.

LUCY WESTPHAL, a lovely young Englishwoman. Extremely intelligent, and when not being drained of blood on a regular basis, quite vivacious.

JONATHAN HARKER, a young solicitor. Handsome, impetuous, madly in love with Lucy.

Rehearsals begin Aug. 16 and take place five days a week, Sundays through Thursdays, 7 to 10 p.m.

Technical rehearsals run Sept. 27 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The director is John Davis.