‘LITTLE Shop Of Horrors’ is BIG hit at Holgate

SHOWSTOPPERS ' a scene from the 'Little Shop Of Horrors' musical. The photo features (from left) actors Chris Stevenson, Beth Garwood, Tom Morley and Alex Whittaker
SHOWSTOPPERS ' a scene from the 'Little Shop Of Horrors' musical. The photo features (from left) actors Chris Stevenson, Beth Garwood, Tom Morley and Alex Whittaker
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A BLOODTHIRSTY, giant plant took centre stage as Holgate Comprehensive School staged a dazzling version of the hit musical and movie, ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’.

The end-of-term show was the fourth annual spectacular at the school, which is a specialist centre for the arts.

Previous productions have been ‘Oliver!’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Annie’.

But the latest, staged across four performances, has been hailed as the most professional and ambitious yet.

The story follows the life of downtrodden and nerdy florist Seymour Krelbourne in Downtown Skid Row.

He lusts after the love of his life, co-worker Audrey, but is the target of ridicule, most notably from his boss, Mr Mushnik.

When he finds out he is to be given the sack, Seymour introduces the shop, and the audience, to a little plant he has been given — Audrey II.

The plant begins to grow at an amazing rate thanks to a special food — Seymour’s own blood. The incredible Audrey II, which talks to Seymour, catapults the geek and the shop to stardom.

But its blood lust is getting out of control and as it demands “feed me, feed me now!”, will Seymour follow his flora’s demands and kill to quench its appetite for human blood?

In the Holgate production, 16-year-old ‘rising star’ Chris Stevenson played Seymour — a role filled by Rick Moranis in the 1986 cult Hollywood movie.

Beth Garwood portrayed Audrey and Tom Morley was Mr Mushnik in a demanding two-hour show featuring 16 songs.

Four Audrey II puppets were sourced from a specialist company and it took four students to work the final, eight-foot-tall version, including lead puppeteer Fahaad Qayyum.

In all, the show featured a cast of 26 with six working behind the scenes. The director was teacher Claire Rifkin.

Teacher Becky Morris said: “This was a standout show, worthy of the highest praise possible.

“It was brilliant. It was a pleasure to work on and everyone involved did a fantastic job.”