This Halloween season, UCF Conservatory Theatre presents a thrilling production of “Dracula” by Hamilton Deane. This spooky performance opens Thursday, Oct. 21, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31, on UCF’s main campus.

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, “Dracula” tells the chilling story of a woman who becomes mysteriously anemic, and a Dr. Van Helsing who believes that a vampire is the cause. The play is a quest to confound the suspected foe Count Dracula and is full of supernatural shudders and surprises.

Theatre professor Donald Seay, who won a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival directing award for last year’s UCF production of “Proof,” selected Deane’s version of “Dracula” to direct. “There have been so many TV and movie versions that were only loosely based on the novel,” he said. “This version is compact and encompasses most of the original story.”

Seay adds that his production will reveal the vampire’s plans, how they unfold and how the characters will stop him.

“Dracula” runs Thursday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Main Stage theatre. All shows begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students with their IDs.

Reservations are recommended and available through the UCF Conservatory Theatre box office at 407-823-1500. Group rates are available. The box office can assist with accommodations for patrons with disabilities.