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Review: Little Shop of Horrors - Waipawa Musical & Dramatic Club

 Our community of many talents, work during the day & come horrifyingly alive at night “Little Shop of Horrors” - Chilling Spine-tingling & Extraordinary.

Director: LJ Easter, thank you for bringing us yet another masterpiece. I was not disappointed from get go I was absorbed into another place “Skid Row”

Very clever use of a small cast which was not short on talent! 

Our very own Mayor Alex Walker is the musical director & not one beat is missed. A shout out to those heard but not seen “The Orchestra” a number of them have been part of the M & D for over 3 decades! Always taking the music to a new dimension.

 And yes the show came alive as did a certain plant…..

 Curtain up a trio of ladies Crystal, Chiffon & Ronnette grace us with a bubbly bright number, these ladies throughout are a strong trio with beautiful voices who bring the characters they portray to life. I enjoyed the array of costume changes & the enthusiasm that was brought to the stage. 

Audrey – The girl with a clear crisp voice that was mesmerizing & a character that deserved her happy ending but does she get it … 

Seymour – This wasn’t his first rodeo! Brilliant & I loved the chemistry created between Seymour & Audrey

 Plant – Audrey 2

The evolution of Audrey 2 was fascinating & a highlight for me. Jon Fletcher did a fine job what a wonderful voice perfect for this role!

The puppeteer – Dean Alsop who would have thought you were new to puppetry, you most certainly did Audrey 2 justice not an easy task but handled like an old hand.  I not only loved the visual & vocal but the presence a plant could hold on stage, I was captivated!

 Eccentric Florist owner Mr Mushnik drew us into his performance with great facial expression & body language not to mention a bold powerful voice.

 The multi tasker of the show Shaun Newell not only played one character he featured as multiple, not an easy task to take on five different personalities with one of those being female. He did this so convincingly I didn’t realise it was the same person until I read the programme this is certainly talent at its finest. The main role of Orin “The Dentist” had us wanting to end him ourselves he played the Villain well …but does he meet a demise?

Just another reason to harvest those tickets before the season runs out!

The costumes, set design, music, lighting all well thought out & the finished result reflected this. I was blown away – how lucky we are to have this level of talent right under our noses. 

Don’t wait until you have watered your plants … purchase your tickets now to “Little Shop of Horrors” & see what grows you will truly be amazed! 

Sereena Parkinson | Central FM
Photo: Waipawa Musical & Dramatic Club