Saturday 9 July 2016 saw the opening of the world premiere Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up! at Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne, and audiences lapped up on-stage adventure.
I don't know about you, but I loved Scooby-Doo as a child, and can still hum the theme tune to this day. Therefore, going to see Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up! proved to be an enjoyable trip down memory lane as much as it was an exciting new adventure for my own kids.
My 7 year old asked me before the show started:
"Why is it called 'Level Up'" to which I didn't have an answer, but it all made sense seeing the show.
All the old Scooby-Doo 'Mystery Inc' characters hit the stage in a blast of techno colour and song from the onset, in a fast-paced tempo that continued to the end.
There's Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, who remain true to their original personalities. This time however, the Mystery Inc crew take on modern day roles, by carrying mobile phones while testing out Velma's ghost finding app.
The crew split up at the start the show, to take on summer jobs away from their usual mystery solving assignments. Their new jobs happen to be in Crystal Cove – The Most Hauntedest Place on Earth so you can only imagine what happens next!
It isn't long before Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang jump on-board the Mystery Inc wagon again, when all but one of the old crew become trapped inside 80s arcade games, who must 'Level Up!' to escape their enemies. Zoinks!
All ends well, with a nod to the traditional Scooby-Doo plot lines; plenty of scooby snacks, ghosts, chase scenes, Scooby getting scared and jumping into Shaggy's arms, and unveiling of the villain(s) at the end of the show.
That said, this show brings forth an exciting new take on the traditional Scooby-Doo, thanks to special effects, big musical numbers, stunning multi-media content and kooky characters that pay homage to classic video games.
Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up proved to be a huge success in Melbourne, but unfortunately (for those who missed it) the exciting show has to move on, and is currently on route to Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Find out more HERE