The rocky poppy musical Little Shop of Horrors got the School Show back on track after an absence of nearly two years, and was well up to the standard of previous smash hits like Legally Blonde and The Addams Family.
The extra time gained by postponing the show by two months until 1-7 April because of the pandemic gave the outstanding cast the chance to fine tune the production – and it showed.
The cast acted, danced and sang with great verve and energy as the body count rose, led by Lucas, L6, and Alexandra, Y11, as the beguiling shop assistants Seymour and Audrey. Ed and Ehi, both Y11, gave excellent support as evil dentist Orin and desperate shop owner Mr Mushnik. Not forgetting Dylan, L6, dominating proceedings as the stage-shaking voice of carnivorous plant Audrey II.
As this singular horror-comedy unfurled, The Ronettes group of six harmony singers provided a running choral commentary displaying impressively complex harmonies, coached by vocal director Louise, L6, shown above, left, with Lucas, and young Audrey II snapping at co-director Neve, in rehearsals.
Choreographers Annie and Gracie, both L6, and their troupe excelled themselves, not least by devising a very funny tango for Seymour and Mr Mushnik, backed by flamenco dancers.
The show band, especially assembled for the production, co-conducted by Anna and Matthew, both U6, with George, Y11, as lead pianist, played with great aplomb and exquisite timing to match the comic action on stage.
Finally, co-directors Neve and Hannah, both L6, deserve big applause for pulling the entire show together, and creating a big success in spite of missing the experience from working on a show last year.
Also, thanks are due to the technical crew, the Audrey II plant puppeteers for their hard work, and the behind-the-scenes guiding light-touch of teachers Mr Emery, Miss Lowsley, Miss Horton and Mr Kershaw.