?On the 23rd Day of the Month of September in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence, and this terrifying enemy surfaced as such enemies often do in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...?
So begins this years second musical extravaganza from the accomplished talents that form Musical Theatre Soc, though the opening Prologue, performed by the indomitable chorus of Fay Talbot, Kate Feldschreiber and Ruth Harries gave a much tastier mouthful of what was to come. The plot whisked the audience through the highs and lows of life on Skid Row, the back of Mr. Mushnik?s florist?s shop and, with a few beautifully choreographed numbers on the way (not to mention the dentist?s chair), to the poignant ending that all love stories have?
The show included some particularly strong performances, given by Robert Felstead (Seymour), whose solos and duets were confident and charismatic, Lucy Haken (Audrey), whose fragility and loyalty shone through in her role, not forgetting leader of the gang Matthew Smith (Mr. Mushnik), and the sadistic Sebastian Junemann (Oric). However, the numbers with the full company onstage became the auditory truffles that one simply doesn?t expect to see at IC. Truffles that should not be missed. Overall tight lipwork from the ubiquitous chorus girls and the rhythmic band, Tom Carradine, Jon Hooper, Andy Power, Paul Denham and Derek Hirst, were to blame for a hiccough-free continuity that had the whole ensemble jumping.
Amusing one-liners and perfect comic timing helped add lustre and finesse to this highly recommended production, and the author, has had previously neither read the book nor seen the film(s?) will be back for more of the same. Just not with the watering can. Why don?t you come along too?
Little Shop of Horrors will be performed in the Union Concert Hall from 8pm on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March, and at only £4.50, represents a bargain at twice the price.