"Dracula" & "Don't Blink"
An Evening at the Grand Guignol
October 25th, 27th at 6:30 P.M. and Halloween, October 31st at 5:30 P.M. (Come in costume and join us for "trunk or treat" outside the theatre starting at 5 P.M.)
“Dracula: the Panto!”, written by Lucy and Thomas Cardwell with songs by Ben Asaykwee, is a family-friendly, musical, comedy-parody of the original Dracula tale. The story follows Jonathan Harker and his vampire-tempting bride, Mina, through their adventures of meeting, eluding and finally “doing in” Count Dracula.
Not to be confused with the theatrical medium of mime, Panto is a musical-comedy theatrical production traditionally performed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia during the holidays. Panto plots are usually based upon awell-known fairy tales, with plenty of anachronistic jokes and business thrown into the mix to keep things fresh. Staged fights, sung narrative and gender role reversal are all elements of contemporary panto style.
AUDIENCE: Dracula the Panto is suitable for adults and children of all ages. Some special lighting effects, including strobes, are utilized. Similar to a melodrama, audience members are encourage to participate with catcalls, cheers, jeers and the like.
"Don't Blink" is in the style of the French Theater of Horror, the Grand Guignol. The show is comprised of five vignettes depicting scenes of peril and foul play. Viewer discretion advised. Recommended for middle school aged students and above. Show time starts at 8 P.M. (7 P.M. on Halloween) and run time is approximately 90 minutes.
$12 Double-feature ticket for Dracula AND "Don't Blink,
$8 General admission for Dracula OR "Don't Blink,"
$5 for children 10 & under for Dracula only (no child discounts for "Don't Blink)