Haverhill school’s musical showcases students’ talent
Little Shop of Horrors
by Samuel Ward Academy
review by Steve Barton
The words ‘feed me Seymour’- as boomed out by an over-sized, flesh-eating plant called Audrey II - will never leave me now after watching this production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s stage classic.
Unfortunately I arrived late for the show, so cannot vouch for the first 15 minutes, but I can only speak very highly of what I did see.
As the central characters revealed themselves to the audience it became clear that flower shop owner Mr Mushnik (Jacob Simmons) was a demanding boss who was larger-than-life and quite bonkers.
His employees Seymour, as played by Josh Woodgate, who coped very well for what was his first major role, and the sweet-natured but insecure Audrey (Jess Dixon) were both trying to find their place in the world - and what a strange world they inhabited.
Praise must be offered up for both their performances, with Dixon excelling as she showcased her fine voice and acting credentials.
The entrance onto stage of Max Murphy as the cruel yet charismatic dentist Orin (Audrey’s boyfriend) took the lunacy level up several notches. A slightly deranged version of Jack Whitehouse sprang to mind.
As he charmed the four street urchins/commentators on the proceedings, Ronette, Ronisha, Chiffon and Crystal, he said; “Ladies, ladies I’m friendly, do you fancy some nitrous oxide.”
It was one of the many brilliantly executed lines by Murphy, who at times had the audience in hysterics.
The show rolled on as Orin, Mushnik, Audrey and Seymour all ended up as part of Audrey II’s diet.
A tragic outcome for some but a great show to watch.
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