Kathy Peacock, who grew up in Ferndale and lives there now, has been seen in dozens of community theater productions in Whatcom County.
This weekend and next, she plays the role of Renfield in a dramatic adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Director Christopher Key has cast that pivotal role as a woman; a gloomy and delusional inmate of a lunatic asylum who's under the influence of the Count.
The play is staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, and Oct. 25-26; and at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven.
Question: What brought you to Whatcom County?
Answer: My family relocated to Whatcom County from California in 1989. I left Ferndale for college and was away for years. The lure and beauty of the Northwest always brings me home.
Q: Where did you go to college?
A: I earned a bachelor's degree in theater and psychology and a minor in Spanish from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.
My master's degree is in international service from Roehampton University in London. In 29 years, I have been blessed to visit dozens of countries on four continents. I am fascinated by other cultures and love to travel.
Q: Have you always liked performing?
A: I was primarily a vocalist for years but fell in love with community theater. Being able to discover and create a story for all to experience is incredibly moving.
Q: What have been some of your favorite performances, and why?
A: Some of my all-time favorite roles are Winifred in "Once Upon a Mattress," for the quirky, flamboyant character; and Irene in "Crazy for You" for the tap dance! Both shows were at the St. Petersburg Little Theatre in Florida.
Q: What's the enticement of theater for you?
A: I had an opportunity to study drama therapy while researching and writing my dissertation. The theater is powerful. Playing roles allows us to experience new ways of being and witnessing theater allows us to be swept away into a world where it is safe to heal and transform who we are.
Q: What's this production of "Dracula" all about?
A: I am very excited about my role in the upcoming production of "Dracula," directed by Christopher Key. It is the perfect time of year to honor this classic tale and get ready for Halloween. I play a lunatic named Renfield. It has been a challenge and a joy getting in touch with my inner "madman." I have also had the pleasure of designing costumes and make-up for this production.
Q: Is it PG-13 rated, scary for youngsters? Teens ok?
A: The show is a dark and erotic adaptation of "Dracula." There is no graphic language or violence, but some adult themes and lots of blood. It's "Dracula," after all! It is recommended for ages 14 and older.
Q: What else do you enjoy about living in the Northwest corner?
A: I love to explore the natural beauty of Whatcom County, from sunbathing in Birch Bay to hiking around Larrabee State Park, and from canoeing on Lake Terrell to climbing Mount Baker. I am recently engaged and love to adventure with my fiancé, Dan. I look forward to many more opportunities to play in and support community theatre. I feel very fortunate to live and play in Whatcom County!
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