Little shop… Little shoppa horrors… Little shop… Little shoppa terrors…
Oh right. The review!
Without a doubt this has to be one of my favourite musicals. In saying that I am probably biased as I’ve seen three separate performances in the last three years.
The storyline follows the meek Seymour, an ex-street-urchin-come-shop-assistant at Mushnick’s Flowers after he discovers a strange an interesting new plant: the Audrey II. Naming the plant after the beautiful shop-girl Seymour is crushing on, things appear to be looking up for Seymour. That is, until Audrey’s boyfriend, an abusive dentist appears to take her away. Meanwhile the Audrey II is suffering and while tending to the plant Seymour discovers its dark secret, the plant has a taste for blood! Before he can do anything, Seymour is swept up in a whirlwind of interviews and lecturing tours as his discovery of a new and interesting plant is publicised. Where would he be without the plant?
Unlike either of the performances I’ve seen previously, The Adelaide Theatre Company uses a massive cast of junior dancers and singers as backup dancers, adding to the fun of the show.
Being part of the audience on Saturday night was a privilege and a wonder. There was so much energy in the hall and it was clear that may of the performers onstage were enjoying themselves. It was an almost flawless performance, the only slip up being well recovered from. Throughout the show the whole crowd was buzzing with energy, even dancing along as the theme music returned signalling the end of intermission and giving a standing ovation at the conclusion of the show.
Just remember folks, whatever you do, don’t feed the plants!
Words by Kayla Gaskell.
Little Shop of Horrors is playing at the Norwood Concert Hall at 2:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday 4th of March. Tickets available here.