Little Shop of Horrors

Date 22nd November 2019
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Little Theatre - Rhyl
Type of Production Musical
Director Richard Aaron Davies - assisted by Jessica Griffiths
Musical Director Craig Price
Choreographer Jessica Griffiths

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

Rhyl MTC displayed a smaller Company for this piece, their second production of 2019. There was not one weak link in the cast and the Company served up a fine performance. Even though there is not a tremendous amount for chorus in this show, the chorus fully entered into the spirit of the show and everything they did fully complimented the production. 

Young Harrison Daly was a natural in the role of Seymour and his training as a former member of ‘Only Boys Aloud’ and various other choirs, really showed through with the confidence he demonstrated. Lovely performance from Melissa Bellis as Audrey in her first lead role with the Company, hope it is the first of many. Michael Bradshaw had the audience in tucks and squeals as Orin Scrivelli, the evil dentist and Audrey’s boyfriend, as he drilled his way through the show. Ron Jones in the role of Mr Mushnik, the owner of the shop, delivered a solid performance. The trio of Narrators, Urchins Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon, portrayed by Jessica Griffiths, Rhiannon Gordon and Hayley Sprake, were never off the stage. Their voices blended perfectly in all musical numbers and the three worked well together, great performances throughout, well done!  Although we did not see Audrey ll until the  finale, this was a difficult task but Nikki Renshaw-Jones rose to the challenge and was spot on with her powerful voice from the start of the show right through to the end, an admirable characterisation. Full marks to Daniella Mee as Audrey ll (puppetry). 

Experienced Crew worked hard with the set as did the Make up and hair team, some fantastic hairstyles here. Costumes were of the period adding another positive point to what was an enjoyable and unusual evening’s entertainment. Thank you Rhyl & District MTC.