STEWARTVILLE — A visitor from Transylvania arrives in Stewartville Friday. That's when the Stewartville Community Theatre opens "Dracula: The Rock Musical."

The play is based on the classic Bram Stoker novel, but with some updating, said Aaron Rocklyn, who is directing the show.

"It's follows the Bram Stoker novel almost exactly, so it's back to the original," Rocklyn said. "Even though the plot is followed very closely, there's a lot more humor and music than you would expect."

Some of the original language has been updated. "It's like it's set in 2018," Rocklyn said.

In addition, the modern pop and rock music will be instantly recognizable to the audience.

Newsletter signup for email alerts

Dave Stepan, a veteran of more than a few Stewartville Community Theatre roles, portrays Dracula. "It's a good role for him," Rocklyn said.

Rocklyn has a cast of 30 for the production.

In auditions, he said, "We really needed people who could work together. It really is an ensemble piece."

The play is advertised as kid-friendly.

"Well, this version is bloodless, and there isn't even a bite on stage," Rocklyn said.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Stewartville Performing Arts Center, 500 Fourth St. SW in Stewartville. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, available at the door, online at stewartvilletickets.com and at 507-533-1650.