All keen to get on stage

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege’s pro­duc­tion of the Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors is set to im­press on open­ing night this Mon­day.

About 50 stu­dents have been re­hears­ing three nights a week over the last four months in prepa­ra­tion for the show.

Based on a Roger Cor­man film, the Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors tells the tale of a nerdy or­phan named Sey­mour, who works in an ur­ban flower shop.

He har­bours a se­cret crush on his co-worker Au­drey and is of­ten be­rated by the shop owner Mr Mush­nik.

Un­til one day, Sey­mour finds a mys­te­ri­ous plant that seems to have an in­ex­pli­ca­ble taste for blood.

The show is de­scribed as a com­edy- hor­ror rock- mu­si­cal and, ac­cord­ing to ac­tress Jessica Floyd-Crabbe, it ap­peals to ev­ery­one – even the boys.

‘‘It’s not the typ­i­cal end­ing ... it is re­ally dif­fer­ent,’’ she said.

‘‘ It is an amaz­ing set as well. They have put so much ef­fort into it.’’

Lead ac­tor Ai­dan O’Mal­ley, who is play­ing Sey­mour, said the pro­duc­tion was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

‘‘ It’s so dif­fer­ent with this big plant.

‘‘I’m not much of a singer ei­ther so I’ve started to sing and had singing lessons, so

work­ing it’s all dif­fer­ent,’’ he said.

Drama teacher Natalie McBean has taken on the mas­sive job of di­rec­tor, with for­mer prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell repris­ing his role as light­ing di­rec­tor.

The stu­dents wanted to ac­knowl­edge the staff in­volved – in­clud­ing mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Mr Wil­liams and stage man­ager Mr Kil­ham – for their ‘‘ hard work and sleep­less nights’’.

Jessica said it was the first time many of the ac­tors had been in a big scale-pro­duc­tion like this.

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing know­ing that peo­ple from the com­mu­nity are go­ing to come and see it,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a bit of pres­sure but ex­cit­ing at the same time.’’

Stephanie Wil­liams, who plays a street urchin, said tak­ing part in the pro­duc­tion was a great way to get to know other stu­dents.

‘‘It’s good to take that step out and do some­thing fun and crazy.’’

The Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors runs from Mon­day to Satur­day, Au­gust 17 (ex­clud­ing Thurs­day) at 7pm. Tick­ets on sale at col­lege re­cep­tion.

On set: The five street urchins aka Kelly Petersen, Jessica FloydCrabbe, Stephanie Wil­liams, An­nelisa Tiddy and Grace Drys­dale-Dunn. Pho­tos: SUP­PLIED

In char­ac­ter: Ai­dan O’Mal­ley as Sey­mour ahead of the col­lege pro­duc­tion of the Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors.

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