DRACULA – WA BALLET COMPANY
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATER
Photos by Bradbury Photography (https://art.artfromsweat.com.au)
Its my third review since COVID-19 ruined my year and it’s my second review covering the WA Ballet, and a thrill for me today with my most anticipated show of theirs since I started covering their shows. The WA Ballet continue to push the boundaries of creativity with a show which tells the story of one of the most iconic characters ever created – Dracula.
This was a wonderful evening! As is always the case the WA Ballet company hit it out of the park. Firstly I would like to start off with talking about the costume and set design made by Phil R. Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith were unbelievable. I sat there remarking that I wanted Dracula’s outfit for when I perform on stage for my own band – truly bad ass.
The set – incredible. It really took you into the world that this story took place, the intricacies of the set, the door to Dracula’s mansion impressed me the most. They really go all out for their sets and if I hadn’t seen their Alice In Wonderland show I would have said this was the best set I have seen the WA Ballet company produce.
Now to the show – again, the performers were in fine form. I know I sound like a broken record but how can I not mention the ‘Crimson Stud’ Adam Alzaim brought out his classic comedic timing when in character as Professor Van Helsing. This seems to be a staple of Adam in many performances I’ve seen – the go to man for anything that requires hilarity.
Chihiro Nomura’s work as Lucy Westerna stole the show for me – the best routine of the night was her as a ghost – She literally looked like she was floating and it was amazing. I am sure I have mentioned this before but when she performs, if she shows sorrow, I feel sorrow. When she smiles, my soul smiles back. She is able to convey emotion really well, to the point where it makes me feel those emotions too.
Carina Roberts was tremendous in her roles as Elizabeth/Mina, she’s a fantastic performer. I also have to give big props to Oscar Valdes as Jonathan Harker and Aurelian Scannella as the Old Count Dracula – two strong performances right there.
Finally, Matthew Lehmann – you little beauty, mate. You were made for this role my friend, you portrayed Dracula very well and you should be very proud of it. Whilst Chihiro stole the show, you were the star, as you should be – portraying one of the coolest characters to exist.
I had a hard time following the story at times but that was more my fault for not reading the synopsis beforehand. The only real critique I have (I know right, me giving a critique??) is that I wanted Old Dracula’s death to be more epic. I expected it to be more epic. I don’t know how that could have been done though so I have no suggestions, other than having blood spurt out as the stake goes through the heart… maybe that is too graphic and I’m just some sort of sick freak. Either way, that was the only thing I wanted to see, an epic death. What we got was still engaging but I clearly want my bloodlust settled.
I had a wonderful time on this evening and I just love going to these shows. I know I harp on it a lot but if you have a girlfriend, a wife, a mother, a sister – take them to the WA Ballet. Trust me fellas. Don’t discount this as something that is just for girls, this is a wonderful form of entertainment and your closest females in your life would love to go to see the WA Ballet. That goes for anybody and everybody really.
Finally before we sail off into the sunset for the Rock N Roll Reviewers thoughts on the WA Ballet’s Dracula – I want to thank the WA Ballet for having me along to cover the show again and I really look forward to seeing what you crazy cats are going to do next.