As I follow an unusual individual through the stars, I glance at those around me. We have been called here because we are not just what we believe we are. We are something more. Something stranger. As we reach our destination, I realize something even more bizarre awaits us. With eyes full of wonder, I enter the heart of the dragon show.
Dragon Show is a fairy tale immersive experience — literally. It is the tale of your journey to meet the last dragon and the fae creatures tasked with keeping it alive, safe and fed. The newest live immersive experience from Spy Brunch, LLC (makers of shows like Safehouse ’77, The Pod and the online ARG Sherwood & Nottingham,) Dragon Show offers its audience a chance to escape the current world’s ongoing pressures by taking a magical journey to a faraway realm.
Dragon Show was written and directed by Katelyn Schiller (who also performs in an awesome, fascinating way that I don’t wish to spoil in this review.) The experience gives its audience the gift of believing in magic for an hour or two. It crafts a story about loss, grief and hope, designed to inspire its audience as they return to their own world. Like all good fairy tales, the narrative moves between emotions with ease. It is both charming and sad. It is both lovely and dark. It is the tale of the last dragon and the realm where its last moments dwell.
And what a realm Dragon Show offers. It’s a place filled with artifacts both large and small, items and props beautifully realized by the production’s design team. Every set piece works elegantly together, with special notice given to Cam Sampson’s work on a strawberry (yes, literally one piece of fruit) and Shoshanna Ruth Green’s impeccable miniature garden. The design creates a cohesive sense of hand-crafted, loving detail throughout that made it a visual joy to explore.
Even more wonderful are the actors that inhabit this space. Often playing multiple parts, every actor in this show felt perfectly suited for their roles. The largest praise goes to the fairy characters we spend the most time with throughout the show, so much so that I want to call them out specifically. Reed Sights compellingly captures the transformation from innocence to understanding. Shoshanna Ruth Green’s elegance expertly covers her worry over the future. Steve Bradford amused me constantly with his character’s unshakeable belief in his education while Sam Chan’s attempts to keep the true purpose of the audience’s visit going as planned were nothing short of wonderful to watch. Mady Durbin’s sad, lost nobility came through perfectly, especially during the show’s climax. Finally, Nerea Durhart gives this show a performance that ranks as the best I have seen her create. She generates exactly the correct balance of shyness and excitement within her character’s personality. She responds without missing a beat to audience interaction, even when questioned directly about secrets within the narrative. She hints at a deep backstory with just a few words. It’s a wonderful performance in a wonderful cast.
Other elements of Dragon Show work equally well but I am intentionally not writing about the specifics of the elements here. This show works best when audience members are not too aware of what’s coming. Instead, I want to applaud Weston Gaylord’s dynamic additions and the artistry, performance and design of the show’s finale in a general sense. It is my hope that audiences come to this show and learn for themselves the specifics of the above elements.
Indeed, I hope everyone comes to see Dragon Show. As we reach what may finally be the edge of the pandemic, a COVID-safe, outdoor experience feels like a great idea in general Dragon Show takes that idea and combines whimsy, delight, dragons and fae into a bright and engrossing experience that I enjoyed immensely.
Dragon Show continues Fridays and Saturdays through February 19, two shows nightly at 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. Each show runs approximately 75 minutes. The show has very specific COVID guidelines on their show page.
Tickets are $75/person and can be bought here.