Something wicked this way comes to Melbourne this October when Candlelight takes over the National Theatre Melbourne and the Oceanarium Room at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium for spine-tingling Halloween specials.
Forget the tricks because it’ll be time to treat yourself to a night of frightfully spectacular music as candles flicker, shadows linger, and a string quintet makes their instruments screech, scratch and scream melodically through the night.
As audiences look upon the brilliantly lit stage at the National Theatre Melbourne, Eclective Strings will perform selections from some of Tim Burton’s darkest, moodiest and unnerving films. From Coraline to Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland to A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward Scissorhands, as well as Beetlejuice, this haunting Halloween special will summon button-eyed dolls, bio-exorcists and scissor-wielding protagonists. Audiences will be clutching onto the edge of their seats (and praying for the music to never stop).
Elective Strings return to the Candlelight stage but this time at SEA Life Aquarium for a performance that includes classical compositions such as Saint Saens “Danse Macabre”, Schubert’s “The Elf King” and Gounad’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” as well as selected movements from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Contemporary Halloween classics also make it onto the setlist with tracks like “Thriller” which is joined by tracks and theme songs from fantastic films including Shape of Water, IT, Ghostbusters and Halloween.
Tickets include access to certain areas in the Aquarium (including Ocean Invaders, Bay Of Rays, Mermaid Garden, Coral Atoll & Shipwreck Explorer).
A sea of candles will light up both the National Theatre Melbourne and SEA LIFE Aquarium but their flickering glow will dance with the shadows to add an unearthly dimension to the evening. Treat yourself to a night of ghoulish sounds and then head out into the night if you dare.
Please note that the images used are from previous Candlelight performances.