A Sensational Little Shop of Horrors

The school production is one of the most highly anticipated events on the school calendar, as it showcases some of the school’s astounding talent.

This year the production was ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ which, in case you didn’t know, is a horror comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket, you would have seen that ‘Little shop of Horrors’ was extremely well put together: the set design, the music and of course the cast were all outstanding.

Every year the school manages to produce a “West End worthy” production and this year certainly did not disappoint. This is definitely a different style of show to past productions so I decided to interview the director Mr Mayhew to find out what it was really like behind the scenes.

Q: What was the experience of directing the musical like?

The difficulty was knowing that I wanted to produce an amazing production at the end of it. I think a difficulty was everyone expects it to be good, even though it’s difficult to pull cast members out of lessons. Another challenge for this show was the plant - a lot of stress over how to correctly do it in the small space we had. I did enjoy it. I think you tend to not stress as you know it will come together. What went really well this year is the increase of principal rehearsals.

Q: Are you proud of how it turned out?

Yes I was! I think the audience was apprehensive of seeing it as it was different to our usual productions. I’m glad we did Little Shop as it broke the mould and allowed people to see something different. Luckily we did have a successful first night so the word spread allowing for more people to be aware of the show.