ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Community members should expect the unexpected during the MWR Theater Group's Oct. 20 performance of Dracula.

According to the group's director, Tricia Devine, there will be the usual suspense, customary characters and bloodlust that accompanies any presentation of the age-old vampire tale, but that's just about where the similarities end.

Devine said she doesn't want to give away too much information on the altered plot, but called it a simple, modern day version of the story set in England, and it boasts an enjoyable twist.

"In addition to the fact that Dracula will always be a fun, seasonal performance to see, it's completely free," said Devine.

She said attendees are normally charged a small fee for the performances--which include dinner theaters, holiday plays and comedies--but a decision was made to give APG and surrounding community the gift of theater.

"This is a unique opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy the thrill of live theater, feel the adventure of a live performance. I like to call it the original 3D experience," said Devine.

The play will be performed by APG volunteers, many of them employees, Family members and Soldiers on post.

"We are soccer moms and sisters, dads and brothers, your neighbor, your cousin and your colleague--a simple group of people who enjoy acting," she said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the post theater. Although casting is complete for this performance, Devine said community members are welcome to try out for upcoming plays and to volunteer for behind-the-scenes work.

"Because we are an all-volunteer team, we are always looking for people to help build props, do makeup and assist backstage," she explained.

Devine, a member of American Association of Community Theater, also comes from a family of performers. She grew up surrounded by artists of one sort or another, and is proud to be a member of APG's acting group. She cannot imagine her life without the theater.

"Art and culture is therapeutic. It enriches the soul, broadens the intellect," she said. "And it's just plain entertaining!"

Devine said the Oct. 20 performance is relatively short, about an hour long, and is for mature audiences only.

Call 278-4011 for more information.