All keen to get on stage
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.