Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September 2006
Putney Arts Theatre, Putney

Director: Sarah Cantrill
Musical director: Dave Roberts
Choreographer: Jane Saunders

Cast

Seymour Krelbourn – Alan Reiss
Audrey – Holly Easterbrook
Mushnik – Charlie Richards
Ronnette – Kate Marchant
Chiffon – Amy Putt
Crystal – Ellie Germaine
Orin – James Derbyshire
Voice of the plant – Nick Cowe
Plant operator – Fiona Elliot
Customer 1 – Alison Walters
Customer 2 – Fran Hughes
Interviewer – Sarah Hurley
Bernstein – Helen Bartlett
Marti – Gilly Low
Mrs Luce – Jen Giles
Skip Snip – Glen Bryan
Wino – Julian Davis
Dental nurses – Francesca Pittingale, Jan Smith, Alison Wilkin, Janette Webster

Ensemble
Helen Bartlett, Sarah Bleakley, Natalie Benetatos, Lizz Brain, Glen Bryan, Helen Chappel, Molly Clery, Julian Davis, Gemma Duncan, Isatta Duncan, Jen Giles, Fran Hughes, Sarah Hurley, Helen Jackson, Gilly Low, Julie Mills, Francesca Pittingale, Jan Smith, Alison Walters, Janette Webster, Alison Wilkin

About the show

A down and out skid row floral assistant, Seymour Krelbourn, become an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood, ‘Audrey II’. It all starts during a total eclipse of the sun, where Seymour buys the plant from outer space at a nursery. Immediately after that, life at the flower shop where he works becomes immediately exciting.

First, customers who had been walking by ignoring the business start arriving in droves. Then, with the help of Audrey II’s offer of fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, Seymour manages to eliminate the competition for Audrey I’s affection: a motorcycle-riding fear-inspiring rough ‘n’ tough dentist.

But soon, Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B singing carnivore, and reveals itself to be an alien creature, poised for global domination! But when Audrey II’s lips seek Audrey I, and when a marketing agent presents an opportunity of having a plant like Audrey II in every home on the planet, Seymour realises that Audrey II has gone too far, leading to a climactic showdown between Seymour and Audrey II.

Show Reviews

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Phoebe Fleetham must first and foremost be congratulated for her role as Director and ensuring this production was slick, highly polished and a resounding success."

"Keith Walters, Rosie Orchard, Joanne Frazer and Paul Nicholas Dyke provided the principal ‘line up’ for this show and it was impossible to fault their performances in anyway. Virtually on stage throughout the entire production, I was hugely impressed with the characterisation of each principal, their consistent accents and vocal ranges. They were nothing short of superb."

"Will Prescott (1st Man) and Russell Hughes (2nd Man) provided additional light relief and certainly worked well together. Carefully maintaining their accents and characters throughout, their standout moment came in their duet ‘Brush Up You Shakespeare’."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"The highlight of the show for me had to be the opening of Act 2 with ‘Too Darn Hot.’ Vicki Rice, the choreographer had devised a number that all of the cast could execute with real flair and a huge amount of energy and had clearly drilled them repeatedly. This resulted in a real feast for the eyes and ears."

"I must congratulate Cygnet Players on a high standard of production; with a sizzling production number, leads that oozed their characters and a wonderful orchestra this is a great show to see if you love the golden age musicals."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings

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