'Little Shop of Horrors', by The Talentz; a review.

For those of you who don’t know, The Talentz is an epic, award-winning musical theatre company offering professional training for folks aged 4 to 21 in Kent and I finally got the chance to see one of their shows, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, last night. 

First of all, I was amazed just how many people were in the audience, considering it was a Thursday night and the show was running all weekend – clearly these superstars are very well loved. Then I spent the rest of the night being awed again and again at how incredibly talented the whole company are. 

I have never seen ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, and because I have this weird thing in my mind that tells me to not listen to any soundtracks or Google plots before I see a show, it’s safe to say my eyes boggled and I was shrieking with surprise many times throughout this performance. 

For those of you who, like me, have never seen this show before, here’s all you need to know:

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn (Nathan Morris) has got it bad for co-worker Audrey (Gracie Franklin). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant which he names Audrey II (Charlie King, plus some other humans!)and it feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store, Mushnik’s. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin (Cameron McColm), to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

What I loved most about ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by The Talentz was that the best performers were not just the young people playing main parts. Every person involved in this production – whether they sang solos, danced in a group, lined the sides of the stalls and sang in chorus, or wore tight green body suits and truly captured the energy of the evil plant – was crucial and perfectly cast. 

Favourite bit? Gotta be when (spoiler alert) Audrey II ate the demon dentist. She definitely wasn’t the only one cackling as that happened. 

Basically, you simply must see this show. Book tickets HERE – and if you can’t make it this time, definitely follow The Talentz for news about future performances! 


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