York Weekend Extras: 'Dracula,' 'Macbeth,' Chris Cornell, Halloween Parade, Pennsylvania Philharmonic


What's October without a little scare? York Little Theatre provides it with "Dracula: Up Close and Personal" in its Bon Ton Studio. The action-packed play offers a fresh adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic as Professor Van Helsing and his comrades try to hunt down the premier vampire of his time. The production features special effects, music and the element of surprise. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, Oct. 23-31; 3 p.m. Sundays Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. Tickets: $25-$12. Information: 854-5715 or www.ylt.org.

For a different kind of horror, OrangeMite Shakespeare Co. presents "Macbeth," Oct. 23-31 at The Barn at Tall Fir Acres, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. The tragedy takes the Scottish warrior and pushes him toward the fulfillment of a dark prophecy. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets: $15-$12. Information: orangemite.org or 814-1151.\

Author and historian Georg R. Sheets will sign copies of his book "York," 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million, 3000 Whiteford Road. The book looks at the many changes in York since World War II, from the closing of downtown department stores and manufacturers to the new renaissance of downtown, rise of new leaders and artists from York gaining national and international acclaim.

Acclaimed singer songwriter Chris Cornell will bring the tour supporting his latest album, "Higher Truth," to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $81-$56. Information: www.StrandCapitol.org or 717-846-1111

The mix of Halloween and a parade brings out one of the biggest crowds of the year for downtown York as the annual York Halloween Parade makes its way down Market Street beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The route takes floats, bands, cars and dancers from Richland Avenue to Broad Street, with a stop by the judging area in front of the York County Administrative Office, 26 E. Market St. The theme this year is "Proud Past, Strong Future," and the grand marshal is Paula Gilbert, director of children and youth services for York County Libraries. Inflatables, games and activities for kids will be available at the family entertainment zone, open 1-3 p.m. on North George Street between Market and Philadelphia streets. Parade participants will be allowed to hand out candy to the crowds lining the streets. Information: YorkHalloweenParade.com.

York College will present the comedy mystery "The Real Inspector Hound" by Tom Stoppard, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-31 in the Perko Theatre, located in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. This play within a play follows two theater critics as they bicker while reviewing a murder mystery. The play seems to mirror what is happening to the two critics and they become part of the play. Free. Information: www.ycp.edu, click on Cultural Series.

The Pennsylvania Philharmonic will bring "The Firebird & The Violinist: Masterworks of Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky" to the Pullo Center on the campus of Penn State York at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The 70-piece orchestra will perform with violinist Philippe Quint. Tickets: $39-$15. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.