Giant plant eats students

Shop of Horrors cast members alongside the enormous plant puppet Shop of Horrors cast members alongside the enormous plant puppet

Saturday, December 21, 2013
6:30 PM

Colyton Grammar School drama team presents The Little Shop of Horrors

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A giant plant stole the show - and ate many of the cast – when Colyton Grammar School presented Little Shop of Horrors.

Following the success of previous student-run musicals ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’, a team led by Libby Norman, 18, staged the latest exciting production earlier this month.

The story is set in 1960s New York. An orphan named Seymour, played by 17-year-old Harvey McIntosh, works in a downtown florist shop and discovers a new and unidentified plant.

Feeding only on human blood, the plant grows and grows, progressing from hand-puppet to larger costume puppet, and then into an enormous, mechanically-jawed model controlled by three puppeteers and able to ‘swallow’ actors and actresses whole on stage.

Will Narramore, 15, who was part of the team working the puppet said: “It was great to be given the opportunity to ‘eat’ people onstage with a giant plant!”

Ellie Cole, 15, who played Audrey said: “I loved being in the show, it was such a good opportunity to do acting and musical theatre in school. The fact that it was run by Sixth Formers really has been inspiring as well and I feel so proud to have been involved with it. Many people have said to me how great they thought the show was!”

The plot also features onstage song, dance and music played by a live band, as well as Seymour’s enemy: the sadistic dentist Orin, played by Jacob Mortimer, 17, complete with Bosch power drill and gas mask.

Student William Bunce, 17, who played the role of the plant singing and speaking through a microphone backstage added: “Even as someone who has never done drama, I found the experience great fun and a real confidence boost.”

The show played to very appreciative audiences on three consecutive nights and all proceeds from ticket sales are going to the Typhoon Haiyan Philippines appeal.

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