The Dracula Spectacular

IAN CLARKE Memorial Hall, Dereham

IAN CLARKE

Memorial Hall, Dereham

The temptation for any theatrical company - especially a youth one - is to go for a show everyone knows.

So Dereham Operatic Society's Youth Theatre Company, under the guidance of director Jeanie Woods, deserves huge credit for moving out of the comfort zone to stage a musical with which few people are familiar.


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Dracula Spectacula is very different to what the name suggests.

Yes, the blood lover from Transylvania (played very confidently by Jake Champion) is there.

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But that's about where the preconceptions stop in this lively, modern and surprisingly humorous production.

The irrepressible Count is a Mummy's boy who loves to dance and sing and among those joining him on the stage during the highly enjoyable two-hour extravaganza are the delightful innkeepers Herr Hans (Lewis Perkins) and Frau Gretel (Hannah Dennis) as well as a lovably naïve schoolteacher (Annie McCourt) - who falls in love with an English professor (Matt Cara).

The young cast rose admirably to the challenge on the opening night.

It was a shame the hall was under half full, although the response was deservedly enthusiastic.

I really hope the message of how

good the show is gets around and the seats for the rest of the week get snapped up.

t The show continues nightly, 7.30pm, until Saturday, April 5. Matinee on Saturday, 2.30pm. Tickets cost £5.50 to £8.50. Box office: 01362 851919.

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