Following on from the success of their previous production, Jane Eyre, The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts at Cronton Sixth Form College once again wowed audiences with their exclusive rendition of Dracula: The Musical.
The production starred students Jack McAdam (previously from the Grange School) as Count Dracula, Nakita Argomandkhah (previously from Rainhill High School) as Mina Murray, Bethany Horan (previously from St Gregory’s Catholic High School) as Van Helsing, and Ritchie Redmond (previously from The Grange School) as Jonathan Harker. The show was a brand new Broadway musical and had never before been performed in the North West. Running on the 26th, 27th and 28th of November, tickets were completely sold out.
The show concentrated closely on the iconic novel, written by Bram Stoker and tells the story of Dracula’s travel from Transylvania to England to find new blood. The musical also featured the battle between Dracula and a group led by Van Helsing.
A matinée performance took place on Thursday the 27th of November to an audience of year 8 pupils from Wade Deacon High School. Some talented pupils were given the opportunity to take part in the production by playing instruments in the orchestra.
Matt Plant, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts, said, “It was a musical like no other, offering up splendid Broadway ballads alongside quirky and traditional tunes that remind one of the distance between Stoker’s world and ours.
“I felt our brilliant students delivered an exceptional performance and we have hopefully done this new musical justice. As some of the first in the UK to try it out, we were extremely proud to present Dracula: The Musical.”