Sin & Tonic is a swizzling mix of Berlin Burlesque, mischievous comedy skits and carnival style novelty acts, all set to a punchy song list.
A breakaway from Dracula’s usual glam show, Sin & Tonic offers a decidedly darker molotov cocktail of unexpected variety acts. A scintillating experience for those amongst us with a voracious appetite for lush vampire cabaret, laced with vaudevillian humour and spanky live music.
Dracula’s talented androgenous vampire cast have literally leapt out of the closet to bare their fangs in a fast-paced production that will leave your lips pursed and your pants twitching. Expect big hair, pale skin, black nails and homicidal dance routines, set to sustained rock chords and neurotic drumming.
Dracula's is not suitable for persons under 18 years. Admission may be refused for minors. You will experience: loud live music, partial nudity and sensual costumes, unrestrained comedy, wild staff and supernatural themes.
Be prepeared for a full-on, mind blowing, unforgettable sensory experience!
VIP A Reserve
Experience Dracula's as only a vampire can! VIP tickets include a Ghost Train ride, three course meal and Comedy Variety Show. Also included is Premium Seating, Priority Entrance Queue, VIP Gift Bag, Dracula's VIP Necklace, Gourmet Finger Food, a complimentary glass of Champagne and complimentary Tea and Coffee.
Arrival Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Tickets from $115
Standard ticket for the full Dracula's experience. Tickets include a Ghost Train ride, three course meal and Comedy Variety Show.
Arrival Time: 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Tickets from $90
New Years Eve
Celebrate New Years Eve with the Vampires! All tickets include VIP Gift Bag on arrival. You will get the full Dracula's experience, including a ride on the Ghost Train, three course meal and our current show "Bloodbath", plus countdown celebrations including a glass of champagne and an encore set from the Spine Crunchers Band at midnight!
Arrival Time: From 7:30pm
Tickets $150 per person
*Open Easter Sunday & Sundays in December
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The Cast of Sin & Tonic
Actor/vocalist Richard Macionis is no stranger to the live stage following years of working extensively on the Australian live circuit, as lead singer of many bands, in Cabaret, Musical Theatre and television – and this year celebrates his ten year association with Dracula’s. It began back in 2002 at Dracula’s Melbourne theatre, where Richard featured in two shows, Resurrection and Bloodlust. In 2006, he did a two month guest spot on the Gold Coast, reprising his Bloodlust role, and there he has stayed, performing in Fangs N Fetish, Beasts of Burlesque, Vampirates, Blackblood, RedRum, Transfusion and now Sin & Tonic, and has also taken on the duties of Acting Show Director.
Richard has an extensive background in television production and performance, beginning as a reporter on Channel 7’s children’s program Rewind, and later working as a producer on such shows as The Price Is Right, GMA, and Healthy Wealthy & Wise. As Director of his own production company he has developed many projects for network TV, including the successful late night chat and music show, The Big Night In with John Foreman. Richard is also an artist manager, representing some of Australia’s key television and music idols, including John Foreman (Australian Idol), and in the past Ricki-Lee Coulter, Bree Amer (to name but a few). It was under this management banner that he was instrumental in the musical production of the finale of Oprah Winfrey’s Ultimate Australian Adventure, from the Sydney Opera House and screened around the world.
Born and raised in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Rudi was educated under the Catholic Church during the seventies and eighties. He missed out on the sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, but always felt there was something weird going on around him. At the tender age of 16 he was handed a bass guitar and he soon learned!
“Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sex and Drugs” were introduced during a brief stint in Community Theatre, and at age 23 a professional career began with the Melbourne theatre restaurant, ‘Dirty Dicks’. Rudi then went on to a successful season at ‘Witches ‘n’ Britches' theatre restaurant, providing 10 years of good employment from Melbourne’s underbelly of entertainment. A dark and seedy apprenticeship was completed with a short encounter with the sleazy Melbourne night club scene.
Now a fully fledged Vampire, the education is complete. Having spent seven years at the Dracula’s Gold Coast venue, featuring as the ever popular Vlad, Rudi is delighted to be a part of Sin & Tonic, and also continues to thrill the kids in D4K. But… don’t let the sunshine in – let the slaughter begin! The allure of the Gold Coast is too inviting for a vampire this ravenous.
Megan began her dance training in Sydney at the age of 4, studying many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop as well as singing and acting. Furthering this, she then went on to complete a full time performing arts courses with Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and Plie, Groove n Shuffle School of Performing Arts on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Since then she has travelled the globe, performing in theatre shows, cabarets, varieties, casinos, theme parks, cruise ships and circuses all around the world. Her credits include the Moulin Rouge (Paris), Conrad Jupiters Casino (Gold Coast), Tokyo DisneySea Resort (Japan), the Costa Romantica, Marina and the P&O Arcadia Cruise Ships, Casino de la Vallee (Italy), JW Marriot Resort (Mumbai), Warner Bros Movieworld (Gold Coast) and three Palazzo Variete shows in Germany.
In 2006 she began training in Aerial Circus Arts at Trix Circus on the Gold Coast, learning disciplines such as Silks, Aerial Ring, Spanish Web, Static Trapeze, Hammock, Net, Contortion and Adagio. She debuted her Aerial Ring act at Palazzo Frankfurt in Germany in 2010 and the Tui Mein Schiff 1 in 2011 marked her first contract at sea as an aerial artist. Megan couldn’t be happier to be back on the Gold Coast and performing in Sin & Tonic, continuing her role as Dracula’s first ever aerialist!
Danielle Casson has always had a flare for the spotlight. Since discovering dancing at the age of 3, she has always been a diva on the stage!
Having performed in a wide range of international entertainment, some of Danielle’s career highlights include dancing for such musical acts as TV Rock, Congorock and Jessica Mauboy, singing the national anthem on live TV for the Gold Coast Blaze, various modeling and nightclub gigs, and fronting an all girl pop band in Singapore.
Since coming to Dracula’s at the age of 16, Danielle has wanted to join the fanged cast of Drax, and now she is debuting in the Theatre of the Vampyre for “Sin & Tonic”.
Christine has always had a flair for the dark, quirky and whimsical since her troubling childhood crush on Beetlejuice. Beginning as a classical vocalist, by 14 Christine had performed at Town Hall and The Sydney Opera House several times over. Discontent to merely sing what was written on the page, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Vocals and began to compose and record her own music ranging from symphonic film scores to biting alternative originals. Christine performed internationally as "Mesuline Wilde" playing Piano and Singing. Her sound was labelled "Black Broadway", placing her amidst a plethora of variety performers in cabaret venues, including Aerial Acrobatic Artists. Enamoured with the enchanting physical medium, Christine quickly set out to combine the two disciplines and now performs live vocals and aerial simultaneously.
In addition to her musical achievements Christine has worked as a Model for Corset Designer Obsidian Lace, Oil Painter Graeme Balchin, actress for "Gangs of Oz" and a writer for various online publications. Currently in the final stages of completing her EP "Cordyceps", due to be released 2013 and ecstatic to be entering into the brilliant cast at Dracula's, gracing the Vampitheatre as a Singer, Pianist and Aerialist in "Sin & Tonic".
David joined the talented cast of Dracula's in early 2009, and is now in his sixth season as a musical Vampire.
Hailing from Japan, David Kume was raised on the Gold Coast from the age of two. After picking up a guitar in his early childhood, David quickly developed a strong passion for music. Practicing extensively during his schooling years, learning the bass guitar along the way, he found himself playing in various stage, concert, and original bands utilising his unique musical abilities.
David is an audience favourite, particularly remembered for shredding his nightly lead guitar solos, suspended high above the thrilled spectators, while performing his unique aerial acrobatics.
He is also an integral part of Dracula’s “Spine Crunchers” Jazz trio, featuring on vocals and Electric Double Bass. David is very excited to be part of Sin & Tonic playing, amongst many, the role of "Kamikaze D".
From the fires of Valhalla comes this insane skin beating vampire "Mayhem."
The newest member to the Sin & Tonic team, this metal head takes no prisoners when perched on his drum throne. After three years of acting as the understudy in previous Dracula’s productions and working as an in-house sound technician, Max has earned his stripes and is stoked to be melting faces from the side stage. This one-man musical force has been drumming since he was 12 and also plays guitar, bass and keyboards. Max also DJ's and produces, and records his own original music. Thrash and trash!
Behind The Scenes
Take a look behind the curtain...
John Taylor - Technical Manager.
Dracula's first taste of blood, the Box Office. Our team of experienced staff help audience members arrange their special night at Dracula's.
Jayne Newman is Dracula's costume guru. The bespoke stage designs are extremely detailed requiring many hours of work to design and create.
It's been said that Dracula's auditorium is as much an art form as it is a theatre, The wall-to-wall sculpture and horror collectables create an eccentric atmosphere, not unlike the Addams Family mansion. While some of these nefarious creations have been purchased in various auction rooms, in particular the Hollywood collectables, you may be suprised to know that almost all the props that festoon the blue stone walls are in actual fact created in our own garret-style workshop. An entire floor of our Melbourne operation has been devoted to house haunting. Dracula's workshop constantly churns out not only horror-themed decor, but the various props, puppets, sets and animated special effects that are required for the shows.
You may be horrified by the menagerie of dead animals that decorate Dracula's cocktail bar, and you should be. After all it is the house of horrors. Amongst the ghastly furry critters are some truly rare and bizarre collections. Take the giant Boar that has a goat's beard, lion's teeth and buffalo horns - a taxidermists Frankenstein. While our collection includes some deadly specimens such as the giant strangling python, a fifteen-centimeter tarantula, crocodiles, scorpions and shark jaws, our prize display would have to be the very rare Transylvanian (European) vampire bat.
Our technical wizard, Paul working on one of the many sophisticated anamatronic creations that amaze and entertain at Dracula's.
- Produced & Written By:
- Marc Newman
- Directed By:
- Haydie Newman
- Technical Director:
- Paul Newman
- Costume Design:
- Jayne Newman
- Technical Manager:
- John Taylor
- Stage Manager:
- Jamie Muller & Abbess Salmon
- Musical & Vocal Director:
- Tracie Filmer
- Score & Arrangements:
- Matt Bradshaw
- Phillippa Harrison
- Prop Construction:
- Shane 'Zip' Greinke
- Wardrobe Mistress:
- Tracey Lord
- Administrative Manager:
- Gabe Newman
- Alfred Schmid