Cult classic sprouts-up at theatre

Southey Musical Theatre Company  are presenting  Little Shop of Horrors! at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street,  Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 28 April., 2012
Southey Musical Theatre Company are presenting Little Shop of Horrors! at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 28 April., 2012

A GLEEFULLY gruesome version of the musical cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors, with its line-up of energetic songs and assortment of zany characters, comes to the Montgomery Theatre next week, courtesy of Southey Musical Theatre Company.

Down-and-out Skid Row floral assistant Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he purchases an exotic plant with a mysterious need for human flesh! As Seymour seeks the affection of his lovely co-worker, Audrey, he also battles for control over his increasingly bloodthirsty plant, Audrey II (named after his secret love). Seymour’s craving for fame and fortune seduce him into playing nursemaid to the man-eating plant.

Audrey II disturbingly grows into an ill-tempered, vulgar, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him his heart’s desires. Seymour soon realises he bit off more than he could chew.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof, based on the Roger Corman 1960 film, Music is by composer Alan Menken and script by Howard Ashman who later redefined the animated, musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin. The music includes the famous songs Somewhere That’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour.

Valerie Mills directs the cast of Fiona Adlington, Rosie Choppin (Ronette), John Crowther (Audrey II), Emma Eratt, Sam Guest (Orin), Lisa Henthorn, Joshua Lewis, Laura Marwood, Leigh Mason, Chris Oates, Paul Robert, Debbie Rooney, Claire Sanderson (Mrs Luce), Martin Scattergood (Seymour), Graham Seaton (Skip Snip/ Bernstein/Patrick Martin), Michaela Short (Chiffon), Viv Siberry-Scott (Crystal), Pennie Stannistreet, Gina Townend (Audrey), Melvyn White (Mr Mushnik) and David Wood. Musical Direction is by Tom Owens.

Southey Musical Theatre Company dates back to 1933 when a choral society was formed as a section of Southey-Norwood community association. In 1935 members were looking to expand and were introduced to amateur dramatics by Mr Charlie Wallace, who became Southey Operatic Society’s first director.

Over the years Southey have had five presidents, eight chairmen, eight secretaries, 16 musical directors and eight directors. Little Shop of Horrors runs from Tuesday to Saturday and tickets at £9 and £10 are available by ringing 2435587 or online at www.southeymusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk