From Thursday 5th
to Saturday 7th December, Cheltenham College students put on their
spectacular annual performance.
The Little Shop of Horrors arrived at College’s newly revamped
theatre, with a cast and crew of 33 students, to an audience of 270 with 3 sell
The play is a
rip-roaring parody of (and homage to) science fiction and horror ‘B-list’ films
of the 1950s, and is based on the film by Roger Corman.
This was College’s
first major musical production in over 5 years. Musicals are notoriously
difficult to stage and Little Shop is
no exception, not least because of the alien, man-eating plant with a taste for
human blood and flesh taking up a large part of the stage!
set, on hire from a company near Brighton included the phenomenal, 6 foot, life
size puppet, named Audrey II, who was big enough to gobble up some of College’s
performers! The puppet grew in size throughout the production and was operated
by three College students throughout.
have worked incredibly hard with 9 weeks of preparation and two full dress
rehearsals. The lead roles were taken by Benjamin Ketley (L6, NH) who played Seymour
Krelborn, a nerdy florist who has an admiration for strange and interesting
plants, and Francesca Ball (L6, Ch) who took the role of Audrey, the sweet
co-worker and Seymour’s love interest. Their remarkable singing sent shivers
down the spines of the audience.
memorable performances came from James Lloyd Smith (U6, S) the voice of Audrey
the plant, Thomas Dowley (L6, L) who played the role of Mr Mushnik, the grumpy
flower shop owner and from Woody Rankin (U6, H) who gave an excellent rendition
of Orin Scrivello, the sadistic Dentist. College students helped to operate the
sound and lighting as well as manage the stage, scenery, costumes and make up.
A member of
the audience said that it was “a really fabulous event enjoyed by all. On a par
with West End performances!”
The outstanding and historic performance brought a superb
end to a very busy Autumn term at College.