Dracula: The Bloody Truth at Theatre Northwest

You're going to get edumacated at Theatre NorthWest as Professor Van Helsing insists on telling his farcical version of Count Dracula's tale in Dracula: The Bloody Truth that's presented at the theatre until Nov. 10.

During the fast-moving, laugh-out-loud comedy Christy Bruce, actor, takes on 11 characters and 20 costume changes.

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"I love all the characters I play each in their different ways but there is one character who's Scottish and I very much enjoy the Scottish accent," Bruce said. "And she has the most ridiculous costume so that one is pretty fun."

Bruce is an improv theatre artist and instructor so she brings something a little different to the already off-beat show.

"It's really great," she added. "As it seamlessly falls apart on stage there are these classic noises off stage where you're wondering what is exactly going on back there? Gosh, it's just there's costumes getting thrown and we each have three people helping us with costume changes and props and set pieces - it's like a real machine that's working well so up front it goes smoothly."

Last summer she was in another farce at Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, ON ,where she was getting hit with plenty of doors.

"So yeah - same - I'm getting hit with more doors and it's that kind of fast-paced feel and comedic speed with things kind of falling apart, which I'm used to in a way," Bruce laughed.

Along with her theatre experience Bruce has also been seen on plenty of screens, big and small. Movie credits include Orphan Black and Strange But True and television credits include The Handmaid's Tale, Suits, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Schitt's Creek and Designated Survivor.

"A lot of my career has been based in improv so the fact that I have written words and I know exactly what's going to happen, where to be and where everyone else is going to be - it's a real comfortable safety net and so sometimes with my improv brain after week two or three it's like when is something going to go wrong? But with this play when it all goes right that's great because you're always sort of running beside the cart, if that makes sense."

And it will make sense once you see this play.

Tickets are online at theatrenorthwest.com.

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