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The Dracula Spectacula: A Spooky Musical

The Dracula Spectacula: A Spooky Musical
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Gardiner
Lyrics by: John Gardiner
Music by: Andrew Parr
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 1976
ISBN-10: 057318013X
ISBN-13: 9780573180132
Cast Size: 24 men and women

About the Book:

Dracula Spectacula is a full-length tongue-in-cheek musical written for schools by John Gardiner. In this bubbling modern extravaganza, the immaculate Miss Nadia and her three pupils are swung into riotous Transylvanian happenings with the irrepressible Count and his gruesome acolytes. If you are looking for a simple, effective and funny play for a drama group or school then look no further than Dracula Spectacula. There are plenty of good parts, a sizzling score and a fresh, hilarious script.

Dracula Spectacula is a spooky musical set in America and Transylvania. The main characters are Nadia Niave and Dracula himself but there are a lot of minor characters involved in the plot, making it ideal to perform with a large drama group. The immaculate Miss Nadia Naive and her three pupils are swung into riotous Transylvanian happenings with the irrepressible Count and his gruesome acolytes. On the side of right are noble Nick Necrophilic, Father O'Stake, the cuddly Hansel and Gretel and the Fuddled Friends; can they prevail over the forces of darkness when these include the creme de la horrible creme such as the Countess Wraith, Genghis the groveling minion, the Zombies, the Fanged Brides and the dynamic sanguineous gentleman the Price of Vampires himself? This play has something for everyone. The humour is often slapstick, usually groan-worthy, but always accessible.

Dracula Spectacula was first performed in 1976. Originally written for young audiences, it is now just as popular with school and adult drama companies. The musical sections are effective but can easily be omitted if no one has the talent for singing or time is short.

Cast: 24 men and women, plus extras

What people say:

"The spoof horror show tells the tale of a school trip to Transylvania, where an unwelcome Count Dracula appears at the hotel, creating havoc and mayhem along the way." — Malvern Gazette (UK)

"Garlic and crucifixes at the ready — this is theatre at its battiest, a musical out of the Rocky Horror Show mould which positively drips with ghoulish gags and fiendish fun." — The Croydon Advertiser (UK)

About the Author:

John Gardiner (1936-2007) was a British playwright and director. He was also a co-founder of the Hertfordshire Theatre School.