The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors

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 out performances.   

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!   

The fantastic 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.   

The students 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.   

Other 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.


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