Little Shop of Horrors

Date 27th April 2013
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Courtyard, Hereford
Type of Production Musical
Director Jon Stacey
Musical Director Ian Strangward
Choreographer Jon Stacey

Report

Author: Louise Hickey

There was an abundance of energy and sheer enthusiasm from the small cast throughout this slick and polished performance. From the opening number from Bex Taylor, Breanne Burton and Charlotte Glasspool as the Narrators’ who barely left the stage for more than a few moments, we could tell this was going to be a good production. Together with the ladies and one gentleman of the chorus, the trio’s harmonies were lovely and they were perfectly balanced. I liked the way the cast made use of the auditorium and the thrusts over the orchestra pit; it gave a closer connection with the audience. Richard Thomas as Seymour was outstanding; it was the perfect role for him and what a talented young man. It was hard to believe that this was Emma Eastick’s debut in the principal role of Audrey; she was so full of confidence. The part of Mr Mushnik was played by Richard Davies and this was a great role for him too as he gave a very strong performance which I thoroughly enjoyed. Alex Rowberry was convincing as Orin Scrivello, the Dentist; so much so that I couldn’t help but feel glad when he was fed to Audrey II. Whilst we didn’t get to see Steve Liddle who played Audrey II until the finale, we certainly heard him and what a voice! Great direction and choreography made this a very good show but I feel I must mention the crew who made Audrey II work, very well done!