In recent years, Laurence Jackson School (LJS) has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality musical theatre. This year’s production, Little Shop of Horrors, was no exception. Under the vision of director Rebecca Fernie, Producer and Musical Director; Jonathan Codling, Assistant Musical Director; Matthew Allan and Choreographer Fiona Shaw audiences were treated to colourful sets, brilliant acting, tight harmonies and slick choreography.
Although the show was relatively unknown by our cast, they certainly enjoyed getting to know this popular 1980’s musical. Little Shop of Horrors, a musical comedy by Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, tells the story of geeky Seymour Krelborn who has recently discovered a mysterious plant. As the story develops we learn the plant will only eat human blood, which at first Seymour indulges with a drop or two from his own finger. The unusual plant brings Seymour national fame but as we approach the end of Act 1 the plot takes a further, humorous twist as the plant begins to talk. The plant persuades Seymour to kill Orin Scrivello, the abusive dentist boyfriend of his co-worker and secret crush Audrey, tempting Seymour with further fortune and fame. The story becomes darker as Seymour is forced to cover his tracks and feed further victims to the hungry talking/singing plant. Despite the seemingly dark plot, the themes are treated in a tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted way with funny lines and up-beat 1960s-inspired rock music.
George M. as Seymour, Ellie R. as Audrey and Alisha R as the voice of the plant led a strong cast of students across all year groups in a production full of energy and brilliant performances. Anna, Beth, Millie, Emily, Bryony and Louise were excellent in their roles as the street urchins, whilst the comical but darker characters of Orin Scrivello and Mushnik were well-played by Ewan (Year 11) and Noah (Year 10). The show’s Finale Don’t Feed the Plants was met by thunderous applause on both nights with many wonderful comments following the event.
The cast and crew would like to express thanks to the team of LJS staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the show such a success. Particular thanks go to former student Zach D in his role as plant operator.
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” It was an absolute privilege to enjoy an incredible performance of Little Shop of Horrors on Wednesday evening. The quality of the show was exceptional and beautifully showcased our talented students. Thanks must go to the brilliant staff team who produced, directed and choreographed the show and allowed our stars to shine so brightly ”
” Congratulations to everyone involved – each year seems to get better than the last. Last night demonstrates how many fantastic students we have in this school and what committed, skilled and hardworking professionals we have working with them. This was a truly fabulous experience for all those involved. Well Done again to you and your team “
Assistant Head Teacher
” Last night’s show was fantastic. We all really enjoyed it. Thank you all for the weeks of hard work that I know have gone in to making it such a high-quality production ”