Honestly, my first thought as I sit down to write this is why, oh why, have I never seen this hilarious musical before??? Seriously, if you haven’t seen a production of Little Shop of Horrors then you really must get yourself a ticket sharpish. Quirky and silly, with big musical numbers that make you want to hop on stage to join the chorus, it’s a great night out
Generally I’m pretty critical when it comes to theatre. I believe it’s very difficult to correctly cast and direct a play so it translates well to an audience, there are a lot of lines to learn and people to coordinate and no ‘do-overs’ if something goes wrong on stage. It’s probably thanks to my previous forays into amateur dramatics that I’m so aware of how one badly played character or one poorly choreographed dance number can drag a whole production down but this was one of the best theatre group productions of a musical I’ve seen in a long time. The St Mary’s Musical Society cast were on point in every number, the choreography was practically flawless and the way the character of Audrey 2 was played was spot on. She had a huge personality in spite of not even having eyes to utilise in facial expressions!
The funniest human character had to be Dr. Orin Scrivello, who had the audience in stitches with his maniacal persona; he’s so much like a pantomime villain that you do want to cheer aloud when he finally gets his comeuppance. But Seymour, Audrey and Mr Mushnik were also wonderfully played and it really was the great chemistry between the cast members which made the show work so well.
I don’t want to give too much away about the actual story (though I’m sure plenty of people have seen the 80’s film version already) but it has comedy, horror, romance, moral dilemmas, a clear villain and lots of catchy songs so there’s bound to be something in there you’d enjoy? This run is, unfortunately, almost over but you can still catch the play tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm for just €15. If you’re in need of a giggle and love an R’n’B singing plant or two then I would definitely recommend it.
I snapped a few sneaky shots (with no flash obviously) during the performance too so here’s a little taster of what to expect!