Chorley Little Theatre is staging a spectacular comedy musical about a killer plant to round off the current CADOS season of shows.
Little Shop of Horrors is the Society’s first full musical since Rent in 2009, and members have been working round the clock to make it as fun and exciting as possible, with a complex moving set, pyrotechnics, live orchestra and experienced cast.
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (the duo behind Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Aladdin), the show tells the story of how weedy Seymour’s life is transformed by a strange new plant that appears in his New York shop overnight.
He names the plant after his sweetheart Audrey, but soon discovers that it needs human blood to keep growing and Seymour must decide how far he wants to go to win the love of his life.
Danny Watkins stars as Seymour, with Diane Glover as Audrey, and shop owner Mushnik is played by Paul Duckworth, marking 25 years since his CADOS debut.
The scene-stealing sadistic dentist Orin is brought to life by panto favourite Steven Catterall, and street urchins the Ronettes are played by Katie Eccles, Vicki Ciaputa and Rachel Brennan.
Rob Armstrong cries “Feed Me!” as the voice of the plant, with Alan Levesley rounding out the cast in various roles.
Director Paul Carr has previously staged Santa The Panto in 2012 and last year’s award-winning I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the venue as well as overseeing Chorley Youth Theatre’s shows.
Best known for the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis, Little Shop of Horrors features the songs Skid Row, Suddenly Seymour and Somewhere That’s Green” among its toe-tapping tunes.
The show runs from Monday, June 23 until Saturday, June 28 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets are £8 from Malcolm’s Musicland. Call 01257 264362 or visit www.chorleytheatre.com.