Le Bal des Vampires

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by Jane Rosenstein

 

For the first time in Paris the musical comedy, Le Bal des Vampires ( in English -The Fearless Vampires  Killers) was played at Le Théâtre Mogadore . It is based on a film with the same name which was  showed  in Vienna in 1967.

Mark W. Suits and I found this play very enjoyed. We thought it had a good production and was visually interesting. The music was not sophisticalted which explains why it is so popular. The sets were well made and designed with originality.  The costumes were magnificent!

More than 7 million people have seen this play as it has been staged in 17 countries in 11 languages. The play  features rock music, humor, dances  and fantastic  costumes.

The story is that Pofessor Abronsius wanted to prove the existence of vampires With his young assistant Alfred he went to look for them in Transylvania;

The following are part of the cast:

  •  Professor Abronsius  played by David Alexis
  • Alfred  Daniele Carta Mantiglia
  • Herbert van Krolock played by Sinan Berteand
  • Sarah  played Rafaëlle Cohen
  • Magda played by  Moniek Boersma
  • Yione Chagal played by Pierre Samueel
  • Rebecca Chagal played  by Solange Milhaurd
  • Comte Van Krolock by Stéphane Métr

Some interesting facts about the production:





There were

  • 230 costumes, 200 pairs of shoes, 80 pairs of gloves and 800 pairs of nail extnsions .
  • 5 liters of fluorescent paint were used to produce a mysterious look in the dark;
  • 10 ladies were made to look like men due to beards
  • 150 wigs were used
  • 3 bags of false blood were used for each production;

Each actor or actress was made up 2 to 5 times during each play.

The scenes were changed 23 times and included a house with 2 floors and  a wall of graves with coffins.

It was a very enjoyable play which was staged in Paris until June 28, 2015. There are no definite plans for the immediate future for presentations.

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Author Details
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
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