Little Shop of Horrors
5 – 12 March 2022
Star Theatre, Manly
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical that follows Seymour, a shy and clumsy florist shop worker who accidentally raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour, as long as he keeps feeding it. Over time, though, he discovers the plant’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination! Commonly referred to as ‘Little Shop’, the musical is widely recognised for the 1986 motion picture, but has also recently has been revived off-Broadway.
Savoyards’ Director Taylor Davidson is thrilled to be part of her first Savoyards production, bringing Little Shop to the stage with a cast of 12. “I was excited at the prospect of directing something challenging. I think this show presents a lot of interesting opportunities with puppets, special effects and ways to tell the story, and you don’t always get to do that in musical theatre!” she said. “I think the idea of a horror musical is so fun, and you get to do both the scary stuff and the classic boppy numbers”.
The music, composed by Alan Menken in the style of early 1960’s rock and roll, doo-wop, and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes including, Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere that’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour.
Savoyards first timer and Musical Director Hayley Marsh is keen to be on the other side of the stage. “I love Little Shop and have been in it, helped produce it and seen it many times but have never music directed it, so when Savs put the call out seeking music directors I jumped at the chance,” she said. “Plus hearing Taylor was going to direct, we’ve worked together before on many projects and make a great team so that was just icing on the cake. It’s a high quality show with a great book and music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Shows are so serious these days! Come enjoy some comedy.”