Suitable for ages: 7-11 / P4-7
Outline: An adaptation of B. Stoker’s gothic story of vampires and superstition.
Character Groups: Vampires, Vampires Hunters/Salvage Crew, Carpathians/Patients
Lead Parts: Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Mina Murray & Jonathan Harker
Duration: 50 MINS
Dracula has been specially tailored to ensure that large groups of children, from classes Primary Five, Six and Seven, can participate with ease. The aim of the production is to enable the inclusion of children with a wide variety of talents and skills. The children will always be performing in groups and, for the most part, these will be large groups, numbering between twenty and thirty children. However, throughout the production there will be opportunities for older and more confident children to stretch their skills and develop their talents. One of the main aims of the production is to enable maximum inclusion by giving a taste of life on the stage to all those involved.
This musical is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula. Written in 1897, the novel is not only a classic horror story but is also an historic novel. It offers valuable insight into the superstitions of nineteenth century Europe, namely the area of the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, whilst also exploring the social hierarchy and social structure of late Victorian England, perhaps most importantly gender roles and class divisions. This particular musical adaptation aims to explore some of the themes raised by Stoker in his novel and will also attempt to stay as true to the story as possible. However, certain changes have been made to enable the show to exist in a format suitable for the classroom. The novel should not be recommended to children too young for the kind of horrific content that the story contains. As such, this version of the story has been simplified, softened and de-gored! Dracula appears as more of a pantomime villain within this show and no scenes or lyrics of an overtly scary nature are contained within. The Vampires have jovial and comedic songs to perform, allowing them to charm as well as scare. Van Helsing is the hero of the piece, who triumphs with Dracula’s demise as he is kissed by the daylight of the rising Carpathian dawn at the story’s conclusion. As such, it is a classic moral tale of good, despite the odds, triumphing over evil.