When I saw the first installment of this crazy idea of making a rock opera with Dracula two years ago I knew it was going to be a challenge. Del Hamilton said then “they needed the money and support” and had very little of it. Well, give it up to Del, he has done it! Wow! An amazing feat in Dracula: The Rock Opera.
When you hear the word “opera” you think of Puccini or Mozart but in this instance think the musical Jesus Christ Superstar with lots of blood and that’s what you got.
The show follows the story line of the classic book Dracula by Bram Stoker but mixes it up with beautiful maidens, scary wolves, and a killer Dracula (Rob Thompson).
Before a packed house on opening night on September 15 in the lobby there were large-scale skeleton human puppets, glassy eye filled sangria, and an audience dressed in their best bloody reds.
The music is a bit overpowering, so I would recommend ear plugs if you sit up front but the fast pace story moves along in the two acts and does a good job to keep you interest.
The costume designs were spectacular and I enjoyed in simple set designed with a backdrop multimedia screen that makes you feel like you were plopped right in the middle of the action.
With some sheer covered bare breasted girls in the mix, it is a sensory explosion that will make you root for the Count.
One warning: I was in the second row and you can find yourself in the splatter blood zone where the gore and mayhem of this cape crusader who rises to the occasion may strike you.
Dracula: The Rock Opera is spectacular and a crowning achievement for Del Hamilton who plans to move on to greener pastures and step aside for new blood at 7Stages.
Don’t miss out on what is the show of the season and one that I have no doubt will go on to grace the stages beyond the mystic streets of Lil’ 5.
Dracula: The Rock Opera directed by Del Hamilton with Justin Welborn runs through October 14 at the psychedelic 7Stages. For details and tickets visit: www.7Stages.org
A show to die for and the perfect way to get ready for the Halloween season!
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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!
Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.” We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!
The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.
From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.
The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!
After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”
This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy. She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.
As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.
Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!
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