Last night at Mounts Bay Academy a giant talking plant feasted on human flesh and blood. No, not a new punishment regime, but the opening night of Mounts Bay Academy’s spectacular production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, which is running for the rest of this week. Members of the public and students and staff from the Academy can come along to see this fantastically vibrant production tonight and tomorrow night.
The Little Shop of Horrors is a musical comedy based around the character Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s flower shop on Urban Skid Row. He has a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulguard. Seymour buys a mysterious unidentified plant, which he calls Audrey 2. The plant has a craving for blood and begins to sing for his supper. Who will be sacrificed to satisfy the plant’s hunger? Will Audrey 2 take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it.
The all singing, all dancing young cast are joined on stage by Audrey 2, a giant flesh-eating plant. It is an amazing creation by Graham Jobins, who is famed for his breathtaking sculptures that regularly wow the crowds at Mazey Day and Lafrowda. The plant is as impressive as any West End Audrey 2.
The cast have been in rehearsals since September and have risen superbly to the challenges of the fast moving, exciting script. Johannes Black, who plays Mr Mushnik said, “It is really good fun, a great experience. I never thought I could do it before, but now I have the courage to perform. I love my character.”
As well as the main cast the show features a live orchestra and chorus supported by a huge backstage crew who have worked tirelessly to create this spectacular dramatic event. Miss Osborne, the play’s director, said, “I am so excited to see the finished product brought to life, the students have been incredible and their hard work has paid off. I am very proud of them, it is a truly amazing show, so please come along to get your feet tapping to some rocky tunes.” Georgia Ellery, who plays Chiffon added, “It is exciting and I cannot wait to show parents and friends our hard work.”
If you are interested in coming along to see the show there are performances on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March at 7.00pm. Tickets are £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are only £8. Ring 01736 363240 for more information and to book tickets.
Chiffon – Emily Bradley-Leah, Georgia Ellery *
Crystal – Chloe Way, Bridie Simons *
Ronnette – Izzy Upton, Jenna Eddy *
Mushnik – Johannes Black
Audrey – Jennifer Wallis
Seymour – Theo Black
Orin – Isaac King
Audrey II – Milly Randall, Una Taylor *
Bernstein – Charlotte Jones
Snip – Olivia Hewett
Luce – Matilda Black
(* indicates double casting.)