Drac­ula play will be bloody good time

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

What does Drac­ula, Elvis and Bed­ford Park have in com­mon?

They are all mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in the 2017 mu­si­cal The Drac­ula Rock Show, to be per­formed in May at the Mata­mata Mu­si­cal Theatre.

The play, writ­ten by UK play­wright Mal­colm Sir­com, has been adapted by di­rec­tor Sharon But­ter­worth to bring to Mata­mata au­di­ences.

She is seek­ing a large cast of ac­tors, singers, and dancers aged be­tween eight-to-14-yrs with show re­hearsals not start­ing un­til the school term in Fe­bru­ary next year.

But­ter­worth says the mu­si­cal has a very com­i­cal plot in­volv­ing Drac­ula and his un­der­world com­mu­nity liv­ing beneath Mata­mata who have dis­cov­ered an old TV, and through that be­gin to en­joy the world of hu­mans.

‘‘This glimpse into the civilised world above un­set­tles them and they de­cide they want to come up and live with the hu­mans,’’ she said.

Drac­ula sur­faces in Bed­ford Park, with plans to form a rock n roll band which, of course, doesn’t go quite as planned.

The mu­si­cal fea­tures many zany char­ac­ters in­clud­ing De­tec­tive Holmes, Dr Wat­son, Mo­ri­arty and Quasi­modo.

The mu­sic score is fan­tas­tic with hints of Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Abba, rock n’ roll and there is even a rap.

‘‘They are songs peo­ple will re­late to. Maybe even a lit­tle bit of Gaga,’’ she said.

While But­ter­worth last di­rected a Mal­colm Sir­com Mu­si­cal Olivia in 2012 with a mixed cast of chil­dren and adults, this time she wants the kids to fea­ture.

‘‘I am a firm be­liever of how much con­fi­dence theatre gives them, and they need that in this world.

‘‘Ev­ery­one loves mu­sic. It doesn’t mat­ter who they are, what they do or where they come from, it’s some­thing we can all get to­gether for and get joy out of.

‘‘I tell the kids, ‘your first ven­ture onto the mu­si­cal theatre stage, you will never for­get’.’’

De­spite hav­ing sets in the un­der­world, But­ter­worth says the play has a good mes­sage and is not de­signed to be scary.

‘‘It has some­thing for the whole fam­ily.’’

Au­di­tions will be held on De­cem­ber 14-15 at the Kea Street Theatre from 3pm - 5pm with a Pre-Au­di­tion in­ter­est day be­ing held on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11. Con­tact Sharon 021 231 3281 or Lucinda 021 126 1926.

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