Little Shop of Horrors to open

Those who enjoy smash-hit musicals
with heaps of comedy, dripping in horror and tinged with sci-fi will welcome
the news that the Cayman Drama Society will soon be staging a production of
Little Shop of Horrors.

Popular with Rocky Horror Show fans
the world over, the musical will have a four-week run Thursdays through Sundays
18-21 November; 25-28 November; and 2-5 and 9-12 December at the Prospect
Playhouse in Red Bay. Showtimes are 7pm, except for Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Based on the iconic ‘60s movie of
the same name, Little Shop of Horrors soon became an evergreen stage hit.

The production, a first for the
CDS, is directed by Sheree Ebanks. 

“This is quite a small cast, and each
role is very important,” the director said.

“Seymour, an insecure, put-upon
hero is played by Rory Mann, and his co-worker and secret love of his life,
Audrey, is played by Kristina Horacek.”

Other cast members include Mr.
Mushnick, their boss (Peter Kosa); sadistic dentist (Dominic Wheaton), the
Doo-Wop trio (Teri Quappe, Melanie Ebanks and Isabella Rooney), and Audrey II
(Cody Moore and Neil Rooney). Other cast members are Martin Tedd, Valeria
Tzucker and Tamara Bryan. 

Busy in rehearsals since early
August, the production will be a traditional staging of the play. And while
Mrs. Ebanks relishes a challenge, she said that directing a musical has a few
more challenges than repertory theatre.

As well as keeping to a strict
rehearsal schedule, she has had to “coordinate with the musical director and
choreographer to ensure we are all on the same page. This has been one aspect,
the other has been working with the puppets… The greatest challenge really
was sourcing the puppets and getting them to Cayman and working. We were lucky
to find JaDuke Scene Shop from Massachusetts, and even luckier that they were
willing to ship and come to Cayman to ensure the puppets were right for us.”

The production is rounded out by a
team of musical director Glen Inanga, assisted by Chuck and Barrie Quappe, choreographer
Anita Gough, producer Mary Ann Kosa and technical directors Tracy Moore and
Neil Rooney.

The wacky show is being brought to
Cayman audiences thanks to the director’s love of musical theatre and ‘60s
music. “I have always wanted to put on a great little musical and Little Shop
of Horrors fit the bill perfectly,” she said.

“It has been one of my favourites,
especially the music, which comes from that great era when Big Band gave way to
girl groups like the Supremes and Shangri-las, (plus) the Beatles, the Rolling
Stones, The Who and Elvis Presley.

“Working on Little Shop of Horrors
has been a collaborative process… We all work so very hard at our day jobs,
and this is a great creative outlet. I have had a lot of fun and hope the rest
of the cast and crew have as well. You get lost in the production, and hopefully
at the end of the day, you are presenting the public with a piece of work that
entertains.”

The production is being sponsored
by the Caymanian Compass newspaper.

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Little Shop of Horrors will be staged at the Prospect Playhouse from Thursday, 18 November.

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