This year’s senior school show was an energetic, phenomenal rendition of Howard Ashton’s bizarrely wonderful ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Although a notoriously challenging production to stage (due to the rapidly-growing presence of a bloodthirsty plant) Kate Howells’ direction and choreography was imaginative, inventive and fresh.
Seymour, played by Ryan, is a hapless florist shop worker on dreary ‘Skid-Row’, who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. He names his alien plant ‘Audrey 2’ after his beautiful colleague who was played with extreme conviction by Beth and Hannah. Both girls captured Audrey’s ditsy, lovable naiveté with ease and with strong vocal performances throughout; their rendition of ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was heart-breakingly captivating. Mr. Mushnik was played by Harry, he performed the strong leading role of a down-trodden shopkeeper with a failing flower shop until Seymour produced Audrey 2 and business rocketed sky high. Tara’s portrayal of the maniacal, leather-clad sadistic dentist was excellent, and her rendition of ‘Dentist!’ was unnervingly hilarious. Suspense was successfully built throughout with the gradual enlargement and increasing hunger of Audrey 2, expertly voiced by Megan whose powerful vocals had audience members rooted to their seats. She certainly planted a memory in everyone who saw the performance. Similarly the plant controllers Ana and Lucy did an excellent job handling and manoeuvring the large botanical giant Audrey 2, with great ease.
A stand-out feature of the show was the fantastic musical numbers that dominated the storyline throughout. Morgan, Kitty, Harriet, Beth, Georgina and Jemima made up the on-stage 60s girl group, The Ronnettes. Their musical numbers were upbeat, electric and vocally strong. Similarly the chorus numbers were slick and full of energy, especially the eerie but cheery ‘Don’t Feed the Plants’ and the titular number ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
It was clear that a huge amount of work had gone into this production, both onstage and off stage and this was demonstrated by the extreme professionalism of the entire show. Congratulations to all involved on providing audience members with a fantastic experience. I now cannot wait for next year’s performance!
By Claire, U5