The Dracula Spectacular
IAN CLARKE Memorial Hall, Dereham
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.
- 1 Owner of new pet shop says he will put animal welfare before sales
- 2 Long tailbacks on A47 due to roadworks and lane closure
- 3 Widow fighting for wedding refund
- 4 Police break up house party with 28 people crammed into flat
- 5 Driver stopped by police - 20 minutes after being given court ban
- 6 Mother still 'grieving' for son who suffered life-changing brain injuries in crash
- 7 Norwich shop worker beaten with hammer in row over phone refund
- 8 New owners of popular park café set out vision for 'beautiful' venue
- 9 Hollywood actors use Norwich hair salon
- 10 Teen in serious condition after bank holiday crash
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.