Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Summer Youth Project, Felixstowe Spa Pavilion, until Saturday

Like Audrey II, I was left hungry for more. Well acted, superbly sung while maintaining tricky American accents, cleverly choreographed and all produced in just a week. Even more amazing, they were supposed to be staging High School Musical until a lack of male actors forced a last minute switch.

I think it was for the best; one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals of all time its broader appeal went down better than a chopped up dentist with the variously aged audience.

Singling people out for praise is truly difficult.

Gareth Davey was great as Skid Row floral assistant Seymour who unwittingly unleashes ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R’n’B singing and blood-loving plant Audrey II on the world. So was Harriet Bacon as love interest Audrey, a role she’ll share with Suzannah Holland.

If pushed I’d have to plump for Emma Peake as shop owner Mrs Mushnik for her great comedic touches and the pairing of Stuart Cheadle as Audrey II’s operator and the sadistic soulful stylings of Francesca Davey as her voice.

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Choreographer Suzie Lowe deserves a special mention too for accommodating so many youngsters in a traditionally small cast show without ever making the stage feel crowded.

I’d happily return for seconds.

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The RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch, independent of the national RSPCA, will be collecting at each show to support its work at the RSPCA Martlesham Animal Home and welfare clinic in Ipswich so please give.


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