Cast on peak form in fang-tastic musical

Night creatures: Vampires and zombies as depicted by Peak Youth in The Dracula Rock Show. Photo by Rob Hall
Night creatures: Vampires and zombies as depicted by Peak Youth in The Dracula Rock Show. Photo by Rob Hall

First night rocked like the lid on Dracula’s coffin as 30 youngsters put in fang-tastic performances as vampires and zombies, cops and crooks.

Peak Youth epitomised all that is good about young people’s theatre in a musical which fizzed with vitality, fun and teamwork.

Their boundless energy was channelled into The Dracula Rock Show, an upbeat production which begged, borrowed and stole fictional figures, chart stars and top ten hits, weaving them into a magical medley of songs and stories.

Dynamic dancing, cracking characterisation and marvellous make-up combined to make an awesome adventure - but what really made the show was how much the kids looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Connor Kelly swaggered around stage as Count Dracula, with a nod in the direction of Elvis, Rowanne Sumner was every inch the Queen of the Night diva singing a beautiful song, Josh Holmes gave old rubber lips a run for his money as Jagged Mick, Ellena Garratt was the golden-voiced Insp Shirley Holmes and Max Needham raised peals of laughter as Quasimodo.

But the two little fellas who brought big personalities to their roles were Khai Jackson as Moriarty and Charles Barlow as Dr Watson. Both owned the stage - both have bright futures as performers.

Slight adjustments had been made to Malcolm Sircom’s script for the regional premiere at the Pomegranate last night but spectators lapped up the local references to Chesterfield Football Club and the Winding Wheel.

Afraid you missed it? Get down to the Pomegranate tonight (Wednesday, June 14) where Peak Youth will be doing the monster mash-up all over again.

GAY BOLTON