From man-eating plant to mash-ups

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The curtain goes up on Scarborough YMCA’s summer show Little Shop of Horrors next week.

“Any show, particularly one as challenging as Little Shop of Horrors, requires the help and support of a large number of people,” said director Duncan Lewis.

“Quite apart from the talented cast, some of whom are students in York, we have been so fortunate to have had the support of so many people helping out on this show,” he said.

A much-loved musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist’s assistant who allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant.

Assistant director Anne Mortlock said: “There is so much talent in Scarborough

“People have been so generous with their time, energy and commitment for the production.

“We have benefitted from a professional actor to help the cast with their New York accents, a local puppetry companyto advise on the highly demanding puppetry skills required for Audrey II and we have a brilliant young local band.

“When you add in the talents of Rowlies Dance Academy for their choreography, Stephen Joseph Theatre for their assistance and the dedicated staff and volunteers from the YMCA, the support and encouragement for the show have been overwhelming.”

Songs in the score include Suddenly Seymour, Somewhere that’s Green and Feed Me.

Duncan said: “Thank you is never enough, but I really do want to say this and to recognise that we could not have done this show without their support.”

Little Shop of Horrors will be staged at the YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Stree, each Monday to Thursday from July 20 to August 27.

As well as taking part in Little Shop of Horrors, members of Rowlies Acadeny of Dance will be staging Musical Mash Up every Saturday from July 25 to August 29 at 7.30pm.

“This year we are doing sections from musicals We Will Rock You, Bugsy Malone, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Matilda, The Commitments and Memphis,” said principal Joanne Hall.

“It’s a fast-paced beautifully costumed show with an appeal to all ages.

“ The cast is made up of talented singers and dancers and a delightful Tim Tubbs as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda,” she said.

“This is a real family Saturday night of entertainment guaranteed to leave you smiling.”

West End Nights presented by NAP Prodictions completes the summer season.

This runs each Friday from July 31 to August 28.

It features songs from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls, Blood Brothers and Evita.