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Fringe Show Reviews

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Bloodsuckers! The Musical

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Ten years after its fringe debut, this show’s still got legs — and fangs.

Winnipeg writer-composer Joseph Aragon’s first musical comedy rises again in an ambitious anniversary production directed by iconic fringer Leith Clark.

When greedy corporate suits make a high-stakes play to open a Dracula-Land theme park in Transylvania, they encounter a sinister ally named Vlad (Ray Padua) and his vampy sidekick Natasha (Mallory James).

Madcap mischief ensues as corporate climber Mary (Lisa Tjaden) falls under Vlad’s spell, forcing her smitten co-worker Bill (Kenneth Jackson) to save her soul — with help from a trio of avenging angels. Standout performances and dead-on sight gags make it a batty blast from the past.

— Pat St. Germain

From the Fringe program:

Director: Leith Clark

Cast: David Fox, Kenneth Jackson, Kelly Jenken, Heather Madill, Gian Navarro, Gio Navarro, Gino Navarro, Ray Padua, Mallory Schellenberg, Lisa Tjaden, Teela Tomassetti

Vampires! Dancing nuns! Economic growth! Celebrate 10 years of musical madness with the hit show that started it all! 

Three American theme park developers visit Transylvania to negotiate plans for "Dracula Land" with a mysterious landowner named Vlad. But amid the protests and warnings, they uncover a larger diabolical plot that threatens every soul on Earth. Will the world succumb to an undead uprising? Or will love and capitalism conquer all?

**** – Winnipeg Free Press

Directed by Leith Clark.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: None

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