The Grindleland Vampires and Steel, Iron, and Tin - February 10 - February 11, 2023

Freedom High


The Grindleland Vampires - Lindsey Tabella (Director)


Having the opportunity to write and direct for Freedom Theatre is definitely something I won't forget, especially since I haven't been a part of the team for very long. I've always been drawn to writing and sharing stories that came from my head, so hearing that I was able to do just that on my high school's stage was almost a dream come true. Last summer was when I started jotting down ideas for what I should submit, and after lots of going back and forth, I finally settled on something that I felt confident about bringing to life: vampires!

Being able to direct has been both challenging and rewarding. It's been such a pleasure being able to watch my story come to life, all thanks to the talented group of people I can proudly call my cast. Although I've felt at moments that I wanted to do nothing but rip my hair out, the end result is truly a reward. The talent that my cast brings to the stage is unbelievable and I am beyond excited for everyone to see all the hard work they've done with the show!

The Grindleland Vampires is a story about a poor family getting kicked out of their community and in need of shelter as a storm comes in. They end up seeking cover in the home of the Grindleland's, which brings up mixed feelings. This story shows the development of humans and vampires, showing that their relationship might be able to work. Having a chance to work on this show has been the highlight of my senior year, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my amazing assistant director, fellow directors, the theatre woman herself, and my family and friends for the infinite amount of support throughout this whole journey. I hope you enjoy the show! 



The Grindleland Vampires - Nikita Shah (Assistant Director)


Being able to assistant direct The Grindleland Vampires has been such a wonderful and exciting experience. I have always had a passion for directing ever since I tried it last year when directing my own one-act, The Simulation. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to continue creating art on stage in this form. When I first read the script, I knew that this show would be one that I would have so much fun helping come to life. From casting the show, to hours of blocking, I think this show as a whole has really blossomed and each character brings something unique onto stage.


Collaborating with Lindsey has been such a fun time filled with creativity and many great memories. Being able to assistant direct with her has definitely allowed me to grow as a leader among my peers, and learn from others and their wonderful ideas. I loved being able to watch my visions come to life and grow closer with those in the department. Although this hectic process can be stressful at times, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to work with such a fantastic group of people who allowed me to express Lindsey and I’s creative visions. Also, being able to take all the knowledge I know from acting and executing that through directing has been a wonderful experience too. Due to our small cast, we’ve been able to create a close knit bond with one another and since a lot of these actors are newer, we’ve all been able to grow as a cast.

The Grindleland Vampires tells the story of the O’Neal family as they struggle to find a place to call home when they meet a family of vampires. This story shows the true meaning of found family and how important it is to never judge a book by its cover. I want to thank my incredible cast, director Lindsey, fellow directors and assistant directors, wonderful mentor, and my friends and family for the endless amounts of support. I’ve loved being able to bring this show to life!



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