Little Shop of Home Grown Talent

Little Shop of Home Grown Talent

The cast and crew of this year’s musical theatre spectacular, Little Shop of Horrors, delighted their audience with slick and flawless portrayals of this smash hit, rock horror comedy this week.

Despite the dark setting and macabre plot, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s classic is both toe-tapping and hilariously funny to watch, and Mrs Hammond (Head of Drama) has masterfully directed this show to realise its full comic potential.

The tale of hapless florist shop assistant, Seymour, who raises a flesh eating and blood sucking human plant whilst wooing his sweetheart, Audrey, was confidently performed on stage by a highly talented and energetic cast of students from Years 8 – 13, who had been expertly put through their paces by musical directors, Miss Britton and Miss Downing, and choreographer, Mrs S McDonald. They were ably supported by a fantastic band and an amazing crew of stagehands, lighting and sound technicians, costume and hair/make-up assistants.

Narrators, Chiffon, Crystal and Ronette, played by Lydia Lucas, Olivia Groves, and newcomer Molly Whitlow, were savvy and stylish from the outset. Delighting the audience with their powerful voices and beautiful harmonies, they definitely set the professional standard of this whole piece.

Rhys Seddon, paraded his character acting skills as the long suffering, manic shop owner, Mr Mushnik. Equally funny was demon dentist, Orin, played by Daniel Pockney. Together, they delivered their show-stopping musical numbers, Mushnik and Son and Dentist, with great aplomb.

Romantic lead, Audrey, was ably and sensitively portrayed by Emily Wilson and Amelia Lucas. They performed their stilettos off throughout and beautifully delivered the emotive ballad, Somewhere That’s Green, leaving not a dry eye in the house.

There was also great teamwork from puppeteers Juba Lawal, Alex Donaghy and vocalist Jonathan Saab, who effortlessly brought Audrey II to life on stage giving John Lewis’ Moz a run for his money! Saab’s vocals were perfectly executed throughout, fully exploiting the musical comedy of the score.

No review of this performance would be complete without a mention of the unlikely villain and unwitting hero, Seymour, played by Jay Broadhurst. This amazingly talented young man – who first appeared in last year’s production of Les Misérables as Grantaire - commanded the stage throughout. His subtle acting and confident vocal and movement skills gave him a formidable on stage presence. The audience couldn’t help but feel that they were in safe hands throughout... or were they?

Congratulations and a huge thank you to BGS pupils, students, staff and their amazing support team on yet another fabulous ensemble production. The School has certainly begun the festive season on a high note.

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