Skid Row has arrived in Rugeley this week as Rugeley Musical Theatre Company bring to life the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors. Penned by Howard Ashman, with music by Alan Menken, the show is defined as a comedy, rock, horror musical. Blending multiple genres, the show is a whirlwind from beginning to end and is a hard task for any group to undertake.
RMTC have valiantly rose to the challenge of this show, with an enthusiastic ensemble filling the stage. Matt Hunt took on the endearing role of Seymour, paired with Claire Hughes as Audrey, supported by Roger Teece as Mushnik.
The Crystals, Chiffons and Ronnettes sparky performances got the toes tapping and when the whole cast were on stage there was a brimming energy. Juxtaposed to the brooding Jacob Bishop as the Nitrous Oxide inhaling dentist.
There were a few moments where dialogue got lost over the band and some points where accents became intelligible, but for an opening night performance the cast really pulled together showcasing a warm camaraderie on stage.
The highlight of the show, rather aptly, has to be the looming, impressive Audrey II that practically grows in front of the audience’s eyes. Manipulated by Dan Smith, the man-eating plant is vocally brought to life by the brilliant Alice Robinson who oozed sass. Quite a feat as she was never actually seen until the bows!
Congratulations to all involved.
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