Little Shop of Horrors showed that there is a lot of talent in Havering and these talents surfaced, as such talents often do… in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places.
All of the actors were fantastic singers, especially the actresses who act as a Greek chorus during the musical. Elle Gibbs, Courtney Edgell and Jemma Gardener did a fantastic job of providing backing during the songs while also acting the part of three dropout school girls. Central to the performance was John Rogers, who played Seymour and I can see why they chose John to play the leading role, he worked well with all of the other character and was good at talking, and even singing, in the nasally tones of Seymour.
Billy Fluck did a good job of playing the older character of Mushnik and I enjoyed his duet with John in ‘Mushnik and Son’. Audrey was played by Leila Jessal and although her singing was a little quiet at some points, she generally did a good job and one of the best songs of the night was definitely her duet with John in ‘Suddenly Seymour’
The night was definitely a catalogue of the many talents of Bradley Walsh who not only plays the bad boy boyfriend Orin, but also plays a homeless man, several press men and a whole array of other characters. Although he doesn’t look much like a bad boy dentist, he was a fantastic actor; throwing himself into every character and he looked hilarious in high heels and a wig.
I was worried that after seeing the movie that the Audrey II plant would not live up to my expectations, but I’m glad to say that this was not the case. Students at the Havering Sixth Form College had obviously placed a lot of work into the props and sets, with the Audrey II plant getting larger and more unusual as the story progressed. The Puppeteers did a fantastic job of controlling the plant and moving the plant as it was voiced by Rebekah Kerley.
All of the actors were accompanied by a live band made up of students from the college
I am glad that I got a chance to see this production by Havering Sixth Form College Performing Arts, it was a fantastic chance to see a Broadway musical in Havering. I look forward to seeing more from the college in the future.
|Orin, etal||Bradley Walsh|
|Voice of Audrey II||Rebekah Kerley|
|Puppeteers||Danny Goggin, Aimee Park, Hayden Byrne|
|Vocals||Priya Lal, Kimberley Stirk, Amanda Ward|
|Reed 1 (Flute / Alto Sax)||Jennifer Eager / Chris Donnelly|
|Reed 2 (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet)||Mitchell Perry|
|Trumpet 1||Tom Huttlestone|
|Trumpet 2||Keith Oak|
|Guitar||Harry Bulgar / Anthony Rumsey|
|Bass Guitar||Ewan Whannell|
|Drums / Percussion||Daniel Way / Emily Bavan|
|Keyboard 2||Ewan Roycroft|
|Keyboard 1||Chris Hatton|
|Direction||John Rogers, Jemma Gardener, Chris Williamson|
|Choreography||Leila Jassal, Elle Gibbs, Lisa Rogers|
|Costume & Props||Bradley Walsh, Courtney Edgell|
|Musical Director||Jonathan Venner, Chris Donnelly|
|Stage Manager||Billy Fluck|
|Set Design / Construction||Lucy Cattano, Elizabeth Neale, Laura Oakes|