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Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

(From Left) Matt Raggio, Andrea Spungen, Keeley DeSalvo, Steve DeSalvo (Katie Dobies)
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Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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George Filieau as "Professor Abraham Van Helsing of Amsterdam" (Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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Alex Timmis (Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(From left) Daniel Reilly, Jason Ohlberg, Scott Erikson, Drayton Patriota (Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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John Markowich, Stephanie Marokwich (Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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(From left) Joan K. Anderson, Mary Wilson (Katie Dobies)

Saratoga After Dark: SaratogaArtsFest’s 2018 Dracula-Themed All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball

The annual event raised funds for free SaratogaArtsFest immersive art experiences.

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Callista Zorbas (Katie Dobies)

It’s hard to think of a Halloween party theme as spooky—or theatrical—as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. So naturally, it was the perfect theme for SaratogaArtsFest‘s Annual All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball, held at Saratoga’s Canfield Casino on Thursday, October 25. SaratogaArtsFest is known for the free immersive arts experiences it holds throughout the year that are made possible by its annual fundraiser, which, as it turns out, is always equally if not more immersive. This year, performances were based on scenes, plot lines and key moments from Stoker’s famous novel and starred Saratoga resident Jonathan Scott Albert as Dracula himself. The creative genius behind the night’s production was SaratogaArtsFest Artistic Director Nicole Coady.

The annual fundraising event is a showcase of what SaratogaArtsFest does year-round, says Ellen Beal, the organization’s Chair. “We love the fact that there’s a growing movement in support of immersive theater where the audience is not simply passive observers, but they’re meant to be pulled into the action,” she says. “It’s become increasingly popular as audiences want more personal, participatory art experiences, so we like to think of ourselves as doing this as a way to bring cutting-edge artistic experiences to Saratoga.”

This year, SaratogaArtsFest added a live auction to the night’s docket, to help raise money to institute a paid internship for a student interested in a career in the arts. Beal says she hasn’t crunched all the numbers yet, but expects the total profit from the night to exceed $25,000—easily enough to fund four free arts experiences in the coming year.

Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is the managing editor at saratoga living. She is an Adirondack 46er, a telemark skier and mountain biker. She likes playing volleyball and word games.

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