If your rug rats haven’t yet been to Drax 4 Kids, now’s the perfect time with the new 2016 annual show just launched.

Dracula’s on the Gold Coast is an icon among local adults. There’s no denying it. But for the next generation of ‘little terrors’, the Drax 4 Kids show is equally as impressive.

The new 2016 Drax 4 Kids show “Retrovampt” launched last month. Dracula’s stage director Haydie Newman said Retrovampt was a great fit for 5-14 year olds with its engaging and fun characters and a bombardment of special effects.

“We up the ante with every new show,” Haydie says. “A lot of thought and effort goes into making sure we feature just the right music and content to keep the kids stimulated from start to finish.”

And as a mum of two boys, aged 8 and 9, Haydie knows a thing or two about her target market. To their delight, she often calls on the boys to road test new ideas. The two-hour Drax 4 Kids session starts with guests entering the theatre via the famous ghost train ride. The “Draculettes” floor staff then warm up the kids with fun and interactive games before the stage show commences. It’s the perfect option for ghoulish and memorable birthday parties.

Dracula’s not only encourages families along to Drax 4 Kids, the company itself is truly a family affair. Many will know that Dracula’s was started by John and (the late) Tilly Newman, but did you know it’s now managed and operated by John and Tilly’s kids (ie. Haydie and her two brothers – writer Marc and technical designer Paul) with a third generation of Newmans now also coming up the ranks of the business.

“I have such strong memories of being side of stage watching my parents perform when I was a kid and they taught me all about theatre etiquette. I spent 16 years performing in the Dracula’s show as well, so I’m in a good position now to direct it,” Haydie says.

“It’s been a terrific life filled with absolutely crazy people!”

You can catch the Drax 4 Kids show every Saturday at noon.

Visit www.draculas.com.au

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.