Pop into Queen’s Park High School this month for a floral treat with a twist.
Students have been rehearsing since September for a forthcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors which opens on February 9,
The show includes iconic numbers like Suddenly Seymour, Somewhere That’s Green and the song made famous by Steve Martin’s portrayal in the 1986 film adaptation The Dentist.
Set in the 1960s Mr Mushnik (played by Elliot Lush) is running a failing flower shop where Seymour (Jake Cross), an orphan and an outcast tries to win the heart of his secret love Audrey (India Watts).
He thinks of a plan to save the store with a strange and interesting plant he’s named Audrey II (voiced by Liam Thompson with Clayton Jarvis-Parker animating), but he doesn’t realise what lies ahead when business starts to flourish and people start to disappear as the blood thirsty plant starts to grow and grow.
More than 110 students from Year 7-13 are involved in the production and students have taken part in singing, dancing and acting classes at the Conway Centre in Anglesey.
The show provides opportunities for students interested in not only musical theatre, but stage management, technical operation of lighting and sound, and of course, musicianship as a member of the band.
Director of learning for the visual and performing arts Matt Yeoman said: “The challenge each year is to produce a show that broadens our students’ experience of musical theatre – a show that both challenges and raises the bar from the previous year.
“Whilst Little Shop is performed in a ‘Sci-Fi B movie’ style, this has presented a real challenge to all of our students who have had to develop a real flair for melodramatic acting – a challenge they have all risen to and succeeded in meeting.”
The first showing will be a matinee performance to Year 5 children and staff from partner primary schools on Monday, February 8 followed by four evening performances which commence at 7pm on Tuesday, February 9 - Friday, February 12.
Tickets priced £6 each are on sale from the school on 01244 981500.