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Southey Musical Theatre Company are back with a gleefully gruesome version of the musical cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors!
With a lineup of energetic songs and an assortment of zany characters, the show comes to Sheffield’s Montgomery Theatre Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 28 April.
Down-and-out, skid row floral assistant Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he who purchases an exotic plant with a mysterious need for human flesh! As Seymour seeks the affection of his lovely co-worker, Audrey, he also battles for control over his increasingly bloodthirsty plant, ‘Audrey II’ (naming the plant after his secret love). Seymour’s craving for fame and fortune seduce him into playing nursemaid to the man-eating plant. “Audrey II” disturbingly grows into an ill-tempered, vulgar, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him his hearts desires! Seymour soon realises he bit off more than he could chew!
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof, based on the Roger Corman 1960 film, has become a cult classic. It was also made into a highly successful film version in 1986 starring Rick Moranis and directed by Muppets performer Frank Oz. Music is by composer Alan Menken and script by Howard Ashman who redefined the animated, musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid,Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin. The music includes the famous songs Somewhere That’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour.
Valerie Mills directs the cast of entirely local performers; Fiona Adlington, Rosie Choppin (Ronette), John Crowther (Audrey II), Emma Eratt, Sam Guest (Orin), Lisa Henthorn, Joshua Lewis,Laura Marwood, Leigh Mason, Chris Oates, Paul Robert, Debbie Rooney, Claire Sanderson (Mrs Luce), Martin Scattergood (Seymour), Graham Seaton (Skip Snip/ Bernstein/Patrick Martin),Michaela Short (Chiffon), Viv Siberry-Scott (Crystal), Pennie Stannistreet, Gina Townend (Audrey), Melvyn White (Mr Mushnik) and David Wood. Musical Direction is by Tom Owens.
Southey Musical Theatre Company are based in Sheffield. Originally in 1933 a choral society was formed as a section of Southey-Norwood community association. In 1935 members were looking to expand and were introduced to amateur dramatics by Mr. Charlie Wallace, who was our first director and Southey Operatic Society was born. Founder members Marion Shepard, Mabel Rhodes, Tom Brown and Harry Tomlinson remained with the society throughout their lives. The society met and rehearsed at Longley School where it’s many productions were presented. The costumes for these shows were hired for 6d each (2.5p today). During the war years concerts were performed including one at the Shirecliffe gun site. After the war, shows were presented at the Capitol Cinema, Sheffield Lane Top. Thanks to the efforts of the councillor John Worrall the authorities of The Montgomery Theatre were persuaded to make the hall available for amateur societies and Southey had the honour of being the first society to perform at the Montgomery Hall. Over the years Southey have had 5 Presidents, 8 Chairmen, 8 Secretaries, 16 Musical Directors and 8 Directors. Many members have met their partners through the society and a strong tradition of whole families being involved in one capacity or another continues to this day.
Tickets for the production are £9 & £10 and are available by contacting the Box Office 0114 243 5587 or online