Little Shop of Horrors

The Senior School’s annual school production this year was the musical Little Shop of Horrors, based on a 1986 American rock musical comedy horror film directed by Frank Oz. It is an adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a geeky florist shop worker who finds out his Venus flytrap can speak. Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn 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.

 

 

Auditions for a part in the production took place at the end of last term and at the beginning of this term. About 45 hopeful students from Years 9 to 13 came to audition fully prepared with a song that they prepared and then read a scene as well.

 

As rehearsals started some students had to leave because of other commitments and we were left with a smaller cast than last years’. However the young cast of 30 students commitment many hours of rehearsals for the shows. Under the direction of Tammy Moodley as producer/director and the talented Musical Director, David Russell the cast performed 4 very successful shows to both students and parents.  This year Holly Spragg asked if she could help with directing the play and helped as Assistant Director on our production. Not only is Holly a talented performer and now also a successful assistant director who will I’m sure have a  very promising career in theatre.

 

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a downtrodden nerd named Seymour Krelborn (Xavio and Wesley) who lives in the basement of his workplace, Mushnik’s Flower Shop. Mushnik (Carlton and Enosata) treats Seymour like dirt.  The other employee at the “God and customer forsaken store” is Audrey (Misuka and Wanjiru), with whom Seymour is hopelessly in love. Audrey secretly fantasizes about living a life with Seymour as her husband, but doesn’t reveal her dreams because her boyfriend, a dentist named Orin Scrivello, D.D.S (Wangai), wouldn’t like it.

 

For Seymour, everything is about to change. A strange and exotic plant he recently bought is beginning to blossom into something the likes of which no one has ever before seen. Fans of the stage play were not disappointed by this version of Little Shop of Horrors.

 

Wangai doesn’t have a large role, but he steals every scene he’s in, especially the one featuring his big song, “Dentist.” Carlton and Enosata were delightful as the perpetually exasperated Mushnik. Hosanna, Lisa, Bernice, Karimi, Kimara, Cameron and Wambui play Crystal, Ronette, Diamand, Liberty and Chiffon, the movie’s singing Greek chorus, the “Skid Row Supremes.” Patience and Tyresse provided a powerful voice for Audrey II, making the plant even more imposing than its appearance suggests. There are cameos by Wangai (as an advertising exec), Richard (as the first customer to notice Audrey II),  and Kimara (as a radio announcer).

Since it was adapted from a stage play, Little Shop of Horrors doesn’t have many sets. This year’s set for Little Shop of Horrors was fantastic and was done by our talented Art teacher Peter and his equally talented daughter, Fatsani Keay.  The songs are by Alan Menken and his late partner, Howard Ashman. Together, the pair went on to greater success by doing the music for a trio of Disney animated features: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and AladdinLittle Shop of Horrors, however, remains their most inspired work.