Bishop Thomas Grant School’s production of 'Little Shop of Horrors' played to packed audiences for three nights before half term in October.
This famous musical about how a man-eating plant transforms the lives of people in a run-down area of New York was not only an off-Broadway hit but a box-office smash when turned into a film in 1986. According to Director Mr Brzezicki it had "long been on the list" of shows he wanted to stage for the school.
The four principals, all veterans of Bishop Thomas Grant School productions, were excellent – the engaging Seymour, ably played by Karol Kubik, and his "mother" Mrs Mushnik by the energetic Grace Twomey. Chad St Louis gave a stirring performance of the macabre dentist/biker Orin Scrivello, and Majella Brady made a mature impression in her role as Audrey. There were unforgettable performances by Kacper Mielniczuk (manipulator) and Luci Anne Anson (voice) who brought the 6-foot man-eating plant to life on stage, and Niamh O’Connor, Azaria Fraser Babb and Anne-Marie Wojna were delightful as the three 'Skid Row' chorus girls.
Highlight of the show was without doubt the energy and enthusiasm shown by all performers, particularly from the younger members of the cast, many of whom had only just joined the school at the beginning of Year 7.
This most colourful and inspiring musical was received well by audiences on all three nights, and was summed up by one of the stewards from the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School, where the show was held: "We couldn’t believe the performers were still all at school and that they were so young – we are really impressed by their standards."
Congratulations to Director Mr Brzezicki, Producer Miss Tice, Musical Director Mr Eagles and all involved on another memorable and entertaining production.