Fang-tastic challenge

NDET 24-5-12 MC 9'Dracula
NDET 24-5-12 MC 9'Dracula

ENTERPRISING young troupers are all set to stage a regional premiere in Chesterfield, their second in successive years.

Peak Youth will present The Dracula Rock Show on June 12 and 13 at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

Director Mike Spriggs said: “As far as I know the show has never been done around here before, making it a regional first.

“The kids are enjoying the mix of new songs and funny libretto.

“There is an Elvis connection, a Jagged Mick lookalike, an Abba influence and even an Inspector Shirley Holmes.

“Last year we did Olivia and this is written by the same man, Malcolm Sircom.”

Among the cast is Max Needham.

He said: “Im playing Quasimodo and a random zombie.”

Although only 11, Max has already built up an impressive list of stage credits, including playing George Bernard Shaw in last year’s production of Oliva, Dandy Dan in the previous year’s musical Bugsy Malone, a pickpocket in Oliver and a child in The King and I.

Max, who lives in Heaton Street, Brampton, is a pupil at Old Brampton Junior School.

Newcomer to the group is Khai Jackson.

The bubbly 12-year-old has been cast as evil professor Moriarty - and judging by the impromptu demonstration he gave me, Khai has the formula for success.

“I have to speak like this,” he said, bellowing across the room. “I have had practice from shouting at my brother, Beren.”

Khai, of Beehive Road, Brampton, Chesterfield, is a pupil at St Mary’s High School, Chesterfield .

His previous acting experience was at St Mary’s primary school where he took the lead role of Jim in Treasure Island.

He was tempted into the ranks of Peak Youth by a poster he saw at the Pomegranate Theatre last year and has received a warm welcome. “The people are very friendly and fun to work with,” he said.

For interviews with the stars of the show, see the Derbyshire Times, published May 31, 2012.