Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart

The World Premiere of the new musical Vampire Heart took place last month in Sarnia, ON.  Almost fifteen years in the making, the show is a rock-musical based loosely on Bram Stoker's Dracula. 

Allan David Hill, a local Sarnia composer, began working on songs for the show fifteen years ago. Glenn Kennedy (who plays Dracula in the production) came on board a few years ago to collaborate on the script. Glenn is a Sarnia based musician and actor, and went on to star in the production. The two worked at length until they had the base for what would become Vampire Heart.


In April of 2009, casting for the show began and in late July, Jay Peckham joined the team in the role of director and also as one of the main male castmembers. Jay brought his Production Company PoWer Theatrical Productions on board (with partners Dan White and Jo Ann Rutherford) and they were able to revise the script, reduce the running time and get dates set for an official opening. Along the way, the cast also had the addition of Roderick Brown, former star of the smash hit Toronto run of Mamma Mia and Sarnia local. The Equity Association allowed Roderick to participate, and his professional musical background served to help the rest of the cast as they worked to put the show together.


In the end, 24 original musical pieces were written for the show, with CDs and souvenirs being sold in the lobby during the run. Over 800 people came out to see the production - an impressive number for an original musical receiving its debut in a small town. The musical was fun and touching, with solid songs and impressive visual effects - and perhaps most importantly, an enthusiastic and talented cast who really put their heart and soul into the production.

BWW was on hand to get exclusive coverage of the show, and we bring you pictures of the cast and crew of this unique and determined production.  Credit to Jay Peckham, Stef Menard, Ian Alexander, and Melissa Upfold.

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
The Cast of Vampire Heart

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Dracula's Vixens

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Taylor Broda

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Samantha Regan

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Moulan Bourke

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Roderick Brown and Amy Mayea

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Glenn Kennedy and Amy Mayea

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Scene from Vampire Heart

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Chris French

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Sarah Jane and Cast of Vampire Heart

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Michael Hillier, Keenan Bourke, Amy Mayea and Jay Peckham

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Roderick Brown

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Keenan Bourke, Broderick Fitzpatrick, Sarah Jane and Jay Peckham

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Roderick Brown and Amy Mayea

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart
Glenn Kennedy as Dracula

Photo Coverage: The World Premiere of Vampire Heart




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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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