Five stars *****
DIRECTED by Sally Baxter, this musical, based on the cult 1960s film and its famous 1980s remake starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and John Candy, is the classic boy meets girl scenario, with the slightly unique twist that they are brought together by a giant mutant plant that feeds on human blood.
The rock musical, in the style of 1960s doo-wop and rock and roll, is set in down-and-out Skid Row, where the folks are broke. It follows hapless geek Seymour (Patrick Jervis) who pines after pretty yet frail assistant Audrey (Helen Kitteridge) where they both work at the struggling Mushniks Skid Row Florists.
One day Seymour brings in a strange new plant but as herbaceous horror Audrey II, grows, so does its appetite for blood. As the exotic shrub begins to pull in the punters, Seymour realises he can no longer feed it on his own blood and is faced with a terrible dilemma - give up his new found fame, success and maybe even love that Audrey II has brought or do the unthinkable.
So when Audreys boyfriend Orin Scrivello (Richard Ham), threatens to disrupt the pairs blossoming love, Seymour sees the opportunities to get rid of two problems at once.
Orin, whose penchant for inflicting pain makes him the perfect dentist, gets a gruesome end but will Seymour be able to live with what hes done?
The show included some superb singers, particularly do-wop girl Crystal (Georgie Jones) and Audrey but all its famous numbers such as Suddenly Seymour, Dentist! and Skid Row, as well as title song Little Shop of Horrors, were performed with great style.
As an avid fan of the kooky comedy, I came with high expectations but was blown away with the professional, performance of the SCMTC cast and doubt anyone who saw the show could have failed to leave with a smile on their face and one of its catchy songs firmly imbedded in their head.