By Annie Kinnett Nichols

The Atlanta Ballet’s production of “Dracula” (which continues tonight and tomorrow) is a beautiful show. The Cobb Energy Centre is a perfect venue, and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. This production of the classic vampire tale is a mixture of both dance and drama. The familiar story moves a bit fast, but if you’ve read Bram Stoker’s book or have seen one of the countless movies, you’ll be able to follow along pretty easily.

The set is wonderful and the costumes are opulent, but I wish this had been strictly ballet. There is such amazing talent on the stage and the story so recognizable that it would work as an all-dance production. While the cast changes each night to perform different roles, John Welker played Dracula the night I was there and he was sinewy, sinister and seductive. Nadia Mara as Mina Harker danced exquisitely. The entire troupe seemed to soar in full dance, which is why I wanted less acting and more dancing.

My only other criticism is that the show has two intermissions, one of which seems completely unnecessary, breaks the flow of the performance and drags the evening out to two-and-a-half hours. Still, it’s a beautiful night at the theatre you don’t want to miss.

For tickets and information, visit www.atlantaballet.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.