Following on from their acclaimed production of Oh! What a Lovely War last year, they have taken a completely different direction with their latest show, Little Shop of Horrors.
The musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, tells the spine-chilling story of a man eating plant from outer space that takes up residence in a downtown florist’s shop. The cast gave a sparkling performance throughout, with Adam Newman as Seymour; Eleanor Baker as Audrey; Max Jukes as Mushnik; George Lawson as Orin; and Araminta Johannes, Joseph Alexander, Fergus Segrove, Tom Oldham and Andrea Aranda in supporting roles. Yolanda Gumpo, Lexie White and Jaime Pardey were sensational as the singing trio who present the story, and Freddie Miller raised quite a few laughs as the audacious Voice of Audrey Two.
Director Jane Askew said “The response of our audiences has been fantastic. Some people came back to see it every night. The cast were a lovely group to work with and gave really polished performances throughout the run.”
Other praise has gone to the quality of singing and general musicianship, with Musical Director Jeremy Weaver leading the band and vocal coach Sara Reynolds helping the cast to prepare for their roles. All in all, the show was a huge success and provided great entertainment.