Saltash.net’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ gave audiences four fantastic evenings of entertainment, with tremendous performances from both casts. The success of the show has been recognised by Saltash Town Council, with the production recently being presented the Citizen Award for Best Performance.
The zany musical, written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and tells the story of Seymour Krelborn. Seymour is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II”, after his crush at the shop.
Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. The Musical includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.
Due to the huge amount of talent here at saltash.net, Director, Emily Venner and Musical Director, Nicola Silvester decided to have two casts of leading roles. Assuming the role of Seymour was Year 12 student Richard Tolman, in Cast 1 and Year 10 Student Brandon Escott, in Cast 2. Both boys played the parts incredibly well and the audiences couldn’t help but adore Seymour.
Performing alongside Seymour was Grace Hodge (Year 10), who played Seymour’s love interest Audrey on all four nights beautifully; engaging the audience with her kind and naïve nature. Tyler Stapleton and Tommy Williams were both outstanding as the creepy dentist, and their performance of the song “Dentist” both impressed and scared the audience equally!
The incredible voice of Plant was provided by Molly Banks and India James, wowing audiences every night with their outstanding jazzy tones. Both worked closely with Oliver Crawford, who was our amazing puppeteer.
The two different casts of Urchins- who narrate and lead the show with songs in close harmony -were played by Sophie Watson, Chloe Lynch, Megan Kelly, Eva Kleckham- Ager (Cast 1) and Molly Willis, Ellie Wanless, Jazmine Leslie and Lottie Ryder-Wearne (Cast 2).
Also deserving of mention were the band who were almost entirely student-led with Maisie Glazebrook (Year 12) on keyboard, Harry Pascoe and Tommy Williams (Year 12) on brass, Josh Dolan (Year 10) on bass, Cameron Snook (Year 9) on guitar, Matthew Chapman (Year 8) on drums and Matthew Pascoe (Year 9) on percussion- they were fantastic and it was lovely to see students represented in the band. Delicious refreshments at the performances were provided in the canteen by the Saltash.net PTA and World Challenge team.
Director, Emily Venner, expressed her delight at the success of the performance.
She said: “The annual productions have become a huge part of Performing Arts at saltash.net and they are a great opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to work together in a different environment. We’ve had students from all year group involved, whether that’s Year 13 Media and Drama students Micah Barlow and James Peek filming the show, or Kallum Eccleston from Year 8 who was our backstage manager, or the cast who ranged from Years 7 to 12.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the production, including members of our community: we honestly couldn’t have done it without your support. I must end this by saying how impressed I’ve been with our amazing students; they really stepped up the challenge. It was a fun show to put together- who doesn’t love stories about man eating plants?!”