Pantochino Productions presents Dractastic! in October

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a non profit professional theatre company for family audiences, will launch its 2015/16 season with a new musical comedy, “Dractastic!,” on Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.

“Dractastic!” is a comical pop rock retelling of the vampire legend set in the world of rock music. In this original version by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg, ‘Drac’ is a rock star who woos fans with his captivating music and songs.

“We’ve created the perfect Halloween season musical, filled with lots of gags and laughs for audiences of all ages to enjoy,” said Bernardi. “Jimmy Johansmeyer is the most clever, funniest Dracula you’ll ever see.”

Joining Johansmeyer onstage are Mary Mannix, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Jeremy Tortora, Andrea Pane, George Spelvin, Rugg, and Katie Harris. “Dractastic” will feature sets by Von Del Mar, lighting by Jeff Carr, and costumes by Johansmeyer. The production stage manager is Jeff Therklesen.

Pantochino Productions Inc. celebrates it’s fifth season of its 100% original musical theatre for family audiences in the greater New Haven area. The company has been awarded for its artistic achievements and recognized for its contributions to the community.

New this season, Pantochino will offer “Party Performances” at its Saturday, 2 p.m. shows only. For these performances, audiences will be seated at tables and chairs and are invited to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the show.

“Dractastic” will be performed Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 with shows Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and an additional performance on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18. online, or $20. at the door. Advance tickets are strongly suggested.

The intimate Milford Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue South on the eastbound side of the Metro-North tracks. Free parking is available in the train station lots. Further details are available at