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Little Shop Of Horrors

Date

13th September 2012

Society

Hessle Theatre Company

Venue

Hull Truck Theatre

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Martin Beaumont

Musical Director

Chris Maynard/Michael Phillips

Report

Author: Tony Harris

Choreography: Martin Beaumont

A challenging show performed in a challenging theatre provided first class entertainment from a talented company. Set in a failing florist's the plot surrounding a larger than life, blood thirsty plant, was well performed by the entire cast with a stand-out performance by Bryan Hodgson as Seymour, a shop assistant. The audience was with him from the start and he was well supported by Sarah Lazenby as his colleague, Audrey. Pernickety I know but maybe their sight lines could have been better. It is easy to go over the top with the part of Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s mad dentist boyfriend, but the excellent portrayal by Christopher Holmes was just right and the shop owner, Mr Mushnik, was beautifully played by David Phillips.The trio of “narrators” was performed by Pauline Milroy, Georgia Rowe and Rachel Barnes, treating the audience to some super harmonies and Richard Foot provided some superb cameo moments. The cast was accompanied by an excellent five piece band. Martin Beaumont’s production was probably his best yet and he also devised some good, slick choreography which was well executed and the staging of the show was cleverly achieved. The voice of the plant itself was strongly sung by Jason Hague and the plants were well manipulated. Great fun!