BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF LAUGHTER: DRACULA’S DEBUTS A DELICIOUSLY NAUGHTY NEW SHOW
Fresh blood is pulsing through the veins of Broadbeach’s Dracula’s with a new show and new cast ready to make a debut. Next Wednesday Dracula’s will premiere Nine Pints, described as a sexy, grown-up production bringing the seductive cabaret into the 21st century.
Nine Pints MC Stewart Reeve says the new show has matured into a worldclass performance.
“This year they’ve ramped it up again,” Stewart says.
“The production value has stepped up, new pyrotechnics, brand-new sound system.
“We’ve got live rock-androll music, contorting twins and puppets. It’s a Vegas-style cabaret show.”
Nine Pints plays on the new-age fascination with vampires and their mysterious, exciting ways.
“The theme that runs through the show, it’s not jump-out horror in your face, more sexy,” Stewart says.
“Think True Blood, burlesque cabaret.
“The stage has been redesigned. The intimacy is starting to creep back in.”
One of the scenes expected to be a hit with audiences is called Stairway to Heaven.
While Stewart won’t give too much away, he says it’s a vulnerable moment for the show with intricate guitar playing, an act that resulted in standing ovations whenever it was performed at Dracula’s in Melbourne.
“It’s a fantastic rock song,” Stewart says.
“We’ve got an amazing guitarist that we’ve found from Brisbane.
“To put a number like that in a show where you’ve got contorting twins, aerial acts, and there’s a still moment in the show, that really draws in the crowd.
“It’s been one of the most requested acts we’ve had online. It’s definitely a stand out.”
On the flipside, one of the most hilarious scenes Stewart says is described as blacklight puppets that search for bodily fluids.
“There’s inflatable penises and vaginas, all that sort of stuff,” he laughs.
“There’s so much variety. There’s always some sort of blood or horror.”
Those who’ve experienced the southern Dracula’s counterpart will also be familiar with Stewart, who spent the past five years of his career there.
Stewart grew up on the Gold Coast and saw Dracula’s as a teen and was hooked – or infected.
“I remember seeing the show as a teen and thinking ‘that’s what I want to do’,” Stewart says.
“I did a five-year stint with Dracula’s in Melbourne. I started there as a waiter on the floor, became an understudy, then grew to be a cast manager.
“It’s a homecoming moment for me. To be that 16-year-old kid that saw the show on the Coast and to now being in my 30s and being part of Nine Pints, it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
The cast and crew are thrilled to bring the next generation of entertainment with Nine Pints, featuring comedy, surprising intimacy and talented musicians with an avant-garde flair.
“Drac’s has always had a really unique flavour. It’s not a huge mass-produced thing, it’s very unique and iconic,” Stewart says.
“The direction that Dracula’s is now headed in, is not moving away from that vampire or horror element, but moving into that element of world-class cabaret.”
Nine Pints premieres September 26 at Dracula’s, 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach, showing five nights a week. Show packages starting at $59 per person. Go to draculas.com.au
THE THEME THAT RUNS THROUGH THE SHOW, IT’S NOT JUMP-OUT HORROR IN YOUR FACE, MORE SEXY
Dracula's is preparing to premiere its new show Nine Pints, a mature, refined performance full of comedy, intimacy and talent.