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Saint John Theatre Company Wants Blood

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Local production of Dracula partners with Canadian Blood Services to promote blood donation

SAINT JOHN, October 24, 2007 - Saint John Theatre Company’s production of Dracula - which opens the 2007-2008 main stage season on November 15th - has become a matter of life and death.

That’s because the company is working with Canadian Blood Services to promote the importance of blood donation to the local community. Starting on Halloween, outreach programming for Dracula will include a series of events to promote awareness and participation in blood donation.

"We love to find ways to link our productions to local issues and needs," says Stephen Tobias, Artistic Director of the Saint John Theatre Company. "A partnership with Canadian Blood Services seemed like a great fit for Dracula, which tells the frightening tale of a blood-thirsty vampire."

Canadian Blood Services is delighted to be working with the Saint John Theatre Company in this unique partnership." We like to lighten up once in a while," says Jacqueline Alain, Donor Services Manager for Canadian Blood Services New Brunswick. “We’ll be telling our donors that Dracula may WANT your blood, but hospital patients NEED your blood.”

And there is a definite need. According to Canadian Blood Services, this past summer blood donations were at their lowest level since Canadian Blood Services took over the blood system. It is vitally important that donors take the time to donate now to help re-build the national blood supply before the holiday season.

Scott Thomas, who plays Dracula in the Saint John Theatre Company production, feels strongly about blood donation and is a regular donor. "It really is the ultimate gift - giving of yourself," says Thomas. "I would hate to see one of my friends or family risk not having blood if they were in an accident."

On October 31st, you can join Dracula (Scott Thomas) as he donates blood from 11:30 – 12:30PM at Canadian Blood Services (405 University Ave). Canadian Blood Services is also offering free testing for your blood type on the same day (October 31) from 11:30 – 1:30PM at Level 1 Brunswick Square.

Additionally, anyone who donates blood between October 31st – November 13th will be entered in a daily draw for two free tickets to Saint John Theatre Company’s production of Dracula, November 15-17 at Imperial Theatre. To book an appointment to donate blood, call 1 888 2 DONATE.


For more information:

Julia Bachman
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Saint John Theatre Company
652.7584 or

Amanda Cullen
Communications Specialist, Canadian Blood Services
648 -5008 or



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