Meet Eric Eichenlaub who is Performing in Dracula

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Eric Eichenlaub, who is performing as John Seward  in Dracula. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far.

LA: Where are you originally from?

EE: My home town is Marshall, MN

LA:  Why did this particular play interest you?

EE: I saw a production of Dracula when I was a kid and it really stuck with me.

LA:  For those that are unfamiliar with Dracula can you tell us about the show?

EE: A mysterious count makes his way to England, threatening the lives of the people he encounters.

LA: Talk about the character that you play in Dracula.  How have you developed this character?

EE: I’ve done some research with the original text. But I’ve found that most of my character development has come through the interactions I’ve been lucky enough to have with the rest of the cast.

LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?

EE: It’s been great seeing what everyone has brought to the table.  I’ve been especially impressed by the skill with which Ali and Ben are able to talk around their teeth!

LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Dracula?

EE: I think people are going to be blown away by the design aspects of this show. Everything I’ve seen so far has been hugely impressive. 

LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see this version of Draucla

EE: This version of the story offers us a lot of opportunity to dig into the relationships at the heart of the story.  This isn’t just the story of a vampire running amok.  It is the story of the people being affected by that vampire.  

LA: Being that you are performing Dracula in the Halloween Capital of the World, what is your favorite thing about Halloween?

EE: Candy.  It’s always been about the candy for me.

LA: Who is your favorite Halloween character (e.g. Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolf) and why? 

EE: I like Frankenstein’s monster because of Young Frankenstein and Phil Hartman’s sketches on Saturday Night Live (“Fire Bad!!!!!”)

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself? 

EE: I’m a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University.  I like acting quite a bit.  I’m a Taurus.  I like to wear hats.  I think the right hot sauce can make an otherwise boring meal fun and exciting or something.  I have a cat.