Whitcliffe Mount presents Little Shop of Horrors

CLASS ACT Sam Shingleton, Beth Grange and Cameron Harris, front, with Ella Naylor, Emily Hardcastle, Jaynie Holt, Saff Shaw and Eliza Duckworth. (d532a504)
CLASS ACT Sam Shingleton, Beth Grange and Cameron Harris, front, with Ella Naylor, Emily Hardcastle, Jaynie Holt, Saff Shaw and Eliza Duckworth. (d532a504)
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The human race will suddenly encounter a deadly threat to its very existence next month as the curtain goes up on Whitcliffe Mount School’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors.

The show, which opens with that famous line, is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman.

It tells the tale of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical was made famous by the 1986 film version starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.

The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour.

The cast, which includes pupils from all year groups at the school, have been working hard on their performances since October and are looking forward to the six public performances.

Head of Drama and Show Director Steve Mackay has been impressed with the talent of the students involved.

“Whitcliffe Mount has developed a wonderful reputation for putting on spectacular shows over many years and it has been a privilege to see the productions grow in ambition and confidence,” he said. We have been lucky to have wonderful sets to work with, state-of-the-art lighting and fantastic musicians but it is the incredible quality of students’ performances which make the shows the successes they have been and which set Whitcliffe Mount shows apart.

“Every year we see new students coming through and getting involved and I never cease to be impressed with the depth of talent for acting, singing and dancing.

“This year’s show, Little Shop of Horrors, is an old favourite having been staged twice before at the school, most recently in 2006. It has everything you could want in a musical – dreamy romance, nail-biting drama, side-splitting comedy and toe-tapping tunes. The pupils have been working incredibly hard to make sure this year’s show is the best one yet and I’m sure we will all be immensely proud to see them enjoying themselves on stage. It’s fun for all the family and a show not to be missed!” he added.

Little Shop of Horrors runs from Tuesday February 3 to Friday February 6. Tickets are on sale from the school office and refreshments will be available in the licensed bar each night.