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“LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”
TADS did not used to be known for their expertise in musicals, but I think they have just stepped up this element of their portfolio – as this was a very good version of Little Shop, with some extremely good performances.
The set was very suitable for the show, good design and well-
I’m not very keen on the use of backing tracks, but in this case it worked extremely
well, (I’m always happy to be proved wrong!) with the cast integrating their dialogue
and songs with the music, plus the sound balance very well-
I liked the use of one of my favourite young men, Harry Rodgers, as the Urchin, he was able to use his acting, singing and movement abilities within the character, and show what a cheeky guy he is! – whilst keeping within the confines of the role.
I was very impressed by Leanne White as Audrey, she gave us a great characterisation
of the down-
Not only did Leanne play Audrey, she also MD’d the show, and brought out excellent musical understanding from the cast. They were both tuneful and expressive, with some lovely harmonies.
Barry Hyde got the rather dim-
I think my stand-
I wasn’t too keen on Steve Loczy’s secondary character – although he got the ‘campness’ right, I wasn’t sure that it really worked within the other characters, and somehow wanted him to be very butch, as a total contrast. But because Orin was so good, I sort of didn’t worry too much about this part!!
David Sachon played Mr Mushnik, the proprietor of the flower shop, who ‘adopts’ Seymour as a way to keep him and his revenue fund! I liked his portrayal, the essence of a Jewish shop keeper was there, without being too overdone.
I note that David also had much to do with the refurbishment of Audrey II – it all worked very well and the Operator, Mark Normoyle, almost made it seem human! Jonathan Alexander, who voiced and sang the part, gave the gruesome Audrey II a real character, and showed a depth of tone in both speech and song. I was pleased to see the two young men take a bow at the end, as they belong as much to the cast as everyone else.
Luke Howard took a couple of small roles, that were both well-
Other smaller parts were played by Molly Harper and Mark Normoyle, both of whom got the best out of their parts.
Once again I was impressed with how TADS keep upping their game – and the production
was very good overall. Sue Sachon got the most out of her cast and crew, to make
this a wholly entertaining evening with some stand-
TADS Theatre Group
“LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”
review date 17th May 2013, TADS Theatre, Toddington
Director: Sue Sachon MD: Leanne White
Choreographer: James Sygrove