Bram Stoker couldn't have written it better

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2005

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

After deciding that we would regret not going, Molly and I spent our evening last night at Dracula's Caberet Dinner Theatre. We arrived to the elaborate building, reminscent of Disney's Haunted Mansion, around 7pm and were greeted by a handful of scary, yet slightly humorous, characters. There was a haunted jail guard, a dead William Wallace, an ugly Jack Sparrow, and other scantly clad women that looked like they should be working at one of Melbourne's 802 strip clubs. Luckily for them the theme of the night was "Fangs and Fetishes" so they were able to dive into the wardrobe of their night job. Everyone was in some sort of vampire theme gettup, even the dishie that we would see later in the night. We were ushered into the Ghost Bar before taking a ride on the Ghost Train into the resturant. Once again, we thought we were in Orlando.

As we were being seated the actors/hosts chatted us up and found that we were from Florida, something that would come to "haunt" us during the rest of the show. We sat a table with a girl from Canada who we instantly put on the "con" list. When we mentioned we were from Sarasota she told us that her grandparents lived there and then asked, "How do you live there? There's only like one mall. What do you do." Yes, we ended that conversation as quickly as possible.

The night started with a quick appetizer (word to the wise: if you weren't involved in a constant eating movement i.e. fork from plate to mouth they would instantly take your plate away) and a few stand up comedy routines by the five vampire actors. Did you know that vampires are up to date on current events and can be funny?? Well, it's true. Then it was time to bring out the spotlight for an introduction of the celebrations of the night. In between shoutouts to the birthday celebrators and the wedding anniversary couples, Molly and I were introduced as being Floridians. She said, "And on table 29 we have Megan and Molly from Florida, better known as God's waiting room. And look! The Canadians aren't talking to them." And it didn't stop there. Everytime there was a hint of audience participation, we were pointed at, talked to, talked about, or shown on TV. Our magnetic personalities at work again.

There was something for everyone at the Dracula's Caberet Dinner Theatre. The show included mainly rock medleys of current pop rock hits but also had a few magic/illusion elements, pole dancing, a ping pong tournament, topless dancing, and a wrestling match. All while we dined on on steak and salmon. And to top it off we were presented a themed dessert of a four inch milk chocolate coffin filled with creme and berries and garnished with a mini chocolate Dracula tomb stone.

The actual show in itself didn't have much to do with Dracula or vampires. Actually it didn't have anything to do with that. It was strange that Alice Cooper signed on to introduce such a show. At this point in the night Molly and I couldn't stifle our laughter any longer. It actually coincided with the presentation of the chocolate coffins, but either way, we continued to take the piss out of the show and were glad that we ended up at the show and even more happy that we agreed to the photo opportunity with the vampires earlier in the night.

Half way through the show we were concerned as to what happened to our favorite vampire, Jack Sparrow. We hadn't seen him since he was walking around selling devil horns earlier in the production. We worried that he was cut from work since he didn't have enough "flare" (and flare being fake blood, eyeliner, and tatoos) but he was back in the end and ready for the 80s dance party that concluded the evening. Phew. He was probably just in the back making the coffin desserts.

And yes, there was an 80s dance party at the end of the night. I guess there were vampires in the 80s so it wasn't too inappropriate. We didn't hang around to see what the dance party had in store. The three hours we had already spent there were enough for us. That was one night that we will never forget.
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