Big per­for­ma­ces all round

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Review - By Brad Barnes Follow me on twit­ter @PTbrad­barnes

Ev­ery year with­out fail the Key Youth The­atre sum­mer mu­si­cal is marked by a stand­out per­for­mance, and Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors, which played last week at the Key The­atre, is no dif­fer­ent.

Grab­bing the lime­light with both hands was the ex­cel­lent Jamie Glasby, a ter­rific, awk­ward, gan­gly Sey­mour - com­plete with slicked down hair, nerdy specs and tank top - the mis­fit shop worker around­whomthe­w­holestory re­volves.

Abi­gre­spon­si­bil­ity, but­the tal­ented teenager sang well and showed some nice comic touches as he shone in ev­ery scene... and he was in plenty of them.

Im­por­tantly, he had nice chem­istry with the other key play­ers, too, not to men­tion the un­usual plant at the cen­tre of the story.

Colleen McQuillen grew into the role of the quirky shop­girl Au­drey, the ap­ple of Sey­mour’s eye, re­ally “blos­som­ing” and com­ing to the fore in Act 2.

Josh Baker nailed it as shop­keeper Mush­nik and Sam Make­peace-Beach was an over-the-top rev­e­la­tion with a slightly ma­ni­a­cal per­for­mance­as­sadis­tic OrinThe Den­tist.

I ndia Chad­wick, Lizzy Parker and Louise Gar­wood were in fine voice through­out as Ronette, Chif­fon and Crystal, and spe­cial men­tion to Calvin We­ston as the voice of the blood-lust plant Au­drey 2. As­tar per­former but more than ever this was a great all- round KYT per­for­mance - with sev­eral of the en­sem­ble given their mo­ment in the spot­light... and de­liv­er­ing.

A great set and slick pro­duc­tion as you might ex­pect from the Kin­dred Drama pro­duc­tion team fea­tur­ing Paul Crosby, Lisa Collings and Michael Cross, and the mu­sic spot on with the ever de­pend­able Steve Hes­sion­lead­ingthe band and bring­ing the catchy if not overly fa­mil­iar songs to life

Nex­tyeartheKYT sum­mer show will be Spa­malot. I can’t wait. .

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