BWW Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Cumbernauld Theatre

BWW Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Cumbernauld Theatre

BWW Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Cumbernauld TheatreCumbernauld Musical Theatre Society bring their first staged musical to Cumbernauld Theatre only a year after the Society's inception. Audiences can expect spooks, laughs and a ridiculously catchy score in this loveable monster of a musical.

Little Shop of Horrors is a delightfully zany rock-comedy. Since its Off-Broadway debut in 1982, it's grown - literally - to gain the status of a cult classic. Performed professionally and by amateur companies across the US, Europe and around the world, the show has gained a significant loyal fan base.

When Seymour, an insignificant flower shop employee, stumbles upon an incredible plant, his fortunes are turned around. However, success isn't all it's cracked up to be as his bloodthirsty miracle plant's desires become more insatiable.

As business booms and the chance to win the girl of his dreams becomes a reality, Seymour suddenly finds himself with a decision to make that could jeopardise his unstoppable streak of luck.

A small but mighty cast deliver vocals that rival that of any professional touring cast on the circuit today. Each one of the small band of actors excels in their own right.

The able chorus really make the score flower, with ballsy solos and delicious harmonies. The show's very own Greek chorus (Christine Duncan, Kiera McQuade and Kirsty Gardiner) are particularly impressive; their dreamy vocals and unquestionable command of the stage leave nothing to be desired.

Though never on stage himself, Andrew Cheek is the delightful voice of the plant Audrey II, bringing a performance that is smooth and sharp in equal measure.

The show is staged more meticulously than a plot at the Chelsea Flower show; levels are used and varied throughout, which is particularly important in the round of Cumbernauld Theatre. Every inch is utilised and well complemented in lighting and smoke effect.

Technically, the production exceeds expectations for its own scale. Little Shop of Horrors is both ambitious and bold in bringing the Off-Broadway experience to its audience.

Distinguishing this production from so many other amateur musicals is the joined-up thinking between the set design, choreography and direction. From the first note of the overture played by the live band, the show is slick and confident.

Feeling in safe hands allow the audience to relax and truly appreciate what is in front of them, rather than awaiting the next mishap. Cumbernauld Musical Theatre Society delivers a masterclass that so many would do well to recognise.

It may be no coincidence that the group have chosen to perform Little Shop of Horrors as its first staged musical. It's an ambitious show to deliver properly and, much like the strange and interesting plant itself, it seems that this group - brimming with talent on stage and off - can only grow and grow and grow...

Photo credit: Cumbernauld Musical Theatre Society

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