After the months of preparations and rehearsals, tonight saw the final awesome performance of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
There’s an immense amount of talent under the roof of William Howard School, much of it not visible (the smart mathematicians, the creative writers, the methodical scientists, for example). However, what has been clearly evident this week is the incredible talents and creativity of our Performing Arts students (and staff).
The Directors of the show, Miss Serrechia and Miss Inglesfield agreed, “We are immensely proud of all our students for the roles they have played in bringing this ambitious musical to life. From the principals, the chorus, plant makers, musicians and technicians, it has taken a huge team effort amongst staff and students to make this performance such a success. We are so lucky to work in a school and trust that values the importance of the arts and understands the impact it has on our young people.”
Dylan Rhodes who was the manifestation of the blood-thirsty plant ‘Audrey II’, stated “This has probably been my favourite production so far. It will be my and Zach’s last one with the school, so it was really special to do one of Miss Inglesfield’s favourite musicals with her.”
He added “Everyone involved is very supportive of each other. In a normal school day, people have different interests, but the production brings people together with the same shared passion. From the making of the props through to rehearsals, it’s felt like a family. There was a great atmosphere backstage.”
As well as playing one of the leading roles, Audrey, Nicole Todhunter also choreographed some of the dancing. Nicole spoke about her role: “I really wanted to get across how naïve and lovely the character of Audrey is, and to create sympathy for her. When you hear a reaction from the audience, you know you’ve got it right.”
Zach Ealey, who played the sadistic dentist said, “The role was very different to anything I’d done before, but it’s been a lot of fun.”
Aidan Hodgson (Year 9), who played Seymour, the meek florist assistant who grew the monstrous plant. Commented, “I particularly liked working with the ensemble in the big pieces.”
Fellow Year 9 student Elias Hershon was the selfish shop owner, Mr Mushnik. Although he has performed in previous productions, this was his first speaking role in one. He said, “All the actors brought the characters to life in an exciting way. I think the production was the best we’ve done; I’ll be sorry when it’s over.”
If you were lucky enough to be in the audience, we’re sure you’ll agree!