The curtain opens at the Gaiety Theatre tomorrow (Friday) on the ‘musical comedy for all the family’ Little Shop of Horrors.
The Manx Operatic Society is staging the show, known for its catchy music, quirky characters and comedy, from Friday until Saturday, June 21.
Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of a down-and-out floral assistant, Seymour, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant.
Soon the plant, named Audrey II, grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
It has taken some careful prop selection to enable audiences to witness the growth of Audrey II, who eventually ends up taking over the stage! The plant props have been used in touring and professional productions of the show and have been hired from UK-based Little Shop of Hires.
‘The last plant takes over the stage,’ said Dean Callow, who plays the role of Seymour, the down-and-out Skid Row floral assistant.
Asked about playing the role of Seymour, he said: ‘It’s been a challenge. It’s been the most challeging thing I have ever done; I’m on stage for the majority for the show.
‘I’m looking forward to Friday and for the audience to see what a great show it is.’
He described the show as a ‘comedy musical for all the family’.
Tracey McCann plays Audrey, the object of Seymour’s affections, but she’s dating sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello played by David Lyons. John Short plays the grouchy penny pincher Mr Mushnik owner of Mushnik’s Flower Shop, and Mike Boner voices Audrey II. Jo Clucas, Kate Cowley and Alice Quayle play the 3 Ronettes.
The Manx Operatic Society has been working on the show since February and was delighted to welcome back director Anthony Williams, who has previously worked with the society on shows such as ‘Chess’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
‘Anthony is such a great director with absolute attention to detail. The quality of his productions are always second to none, driven by his clear love of theatre and absolute focus on providing the audience with the highest quality show,’ said a society spokesman.
The show, sponsored by Isle of Man Bank, features songs such as ‘Suddenly Seymour’, ‘Feed Me’ and ‘Somewhere that’s Green’.
Little Shop of Horrors is an affectionate spoof of 1950s’ sci-fi movies and became one of the longest running off-Broadway productions of all time. It became a household name, thanks to a successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
Ticket prices start from £18.36 for adults and £15.30 for children and pensions.