Little Shop of Horrors will leave you hungry for more

The Urchins and Mushnik, from left, Rachel Compton, Steve Ellis, Katy Scotcher and Charlotte Handy, some of the cast for Market Harborough Musical Theatre's upcoming production, Little Shop of Horrors
The Urchins and Mushnik, from left, Rachel Compton, Steve Ellis, Katy Scotcher and Charlotte Handy, some of the cast for Market Harborough Musical Theatre's upcoming production, Little Shop of Horrors

The cult classic Little Shop of Horrors is the next show for the Market Harborough Musical Theatre group.

It is being staged at the Octagonal Hall theatre of Harborough’s Welland Park Academy from March 25 to 28.

When geeky Seymour (Dylan Atkinson) discovers a strange and unusual plant, business starts to flourish at his boss Mr Mushnik’s (newcomer Steve Ellis) flower shop. When the plant (voiced by Eddie Beardsmore) finds its health threatened, Seymour desperately discovers the gory secret keeping it alive. Taunted by local urchins (Katy Scotcher, Rachel Compton and Charlotte Handy) Seymour then grows increasingly anaemic as the number of bandages on his fingers mounts.

The plant thrives, business blooms and Seymour gets his girl Audrey (Ellen Goddard), but as the plant grows, so does its demand for life-nourishing liquid and Seymour must discover bigger sources for feeding it –like the sadistic dentist (Mike Saggers).

Supported by a small chorus of returning group members and led by director Mark Walker, musical director Barbara Hockey and choreographer Sam Wiles, the production is aiming to be a “not to be missed” show.

It is based on the books and lyrics of Howard Ashman, the screenplay by Chris Griffith and the popular 1986 film starring Rick Moranis.

Director Mark said: “The committee and company have made me feel very welcome and have made rehearsals a real pleasure.”

Chairman Di Evans said: “I am immensely proud of the hard work and effort being put into the show, it is set to be an outstanding production.”

There will be nightly shows at 7.30pm from March 25 to 28, and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm on March 28.

The group is being supported by new town flower shop Jessica Mary Flowers of Abbey Street, where the cast had great fun recently on location shooting photos.

Tickets cost £10 or £12 with group discounts available. They are on sale from Mercado Lounge in Abbey Street or via www.ticketsource.co.uk/mhmt.