unless you have seen WCCT’s extremely fun-filled production of Little Shop… Little Shop of Horrors. Megan and I checked it out tonight since I figured a Thursday night showing would need more help filling the seats than a Friday night. I must say that it was very well done. The set took you to Skid Row, U.S.A. full of bumbs and trash laden streets. Someone mentioned that the first weekend shows were a bit loud in the musicians area, but I did not notice it. The man with the fingers and the gal with the sticks must have toned down a bit?
The entire cast was great, but I will pick on a few remarkable standout performances. I have to say that Travis is Seymour. He had the bumbling, nerdy, inept orphan turned flower shop attendant down to an art. So many great scenes that it would take an entire post to detail it all. SUPERB PERFORMANCE, my friend! I can’t wait to work with you again. If it were in my power, you would be the Willie Award winner!
I must say that I was extremely taken aback by Shelley’s performance of Audrey. She usually has this great, big, powerful voice that truly commands the stage. This time, she backed off the power to give a touching, sincere persona to the meek, “semi-sadist” dating character.
Finally, the trio of Mary, Amber, and PEGGY! They very nearly stole the show and for good reason… they were incredible. I’m running a bit long here, so I will comment on the young lady whom I have known since the 5th grade on her stage debut. I couldn’t be prouder! Where were you !& years ago in high school?! For her first time on stage, Peggy had to deal with some truly powerhouse stage veterans but she held her own brilliantly. I was asked to tell her if I could hear her. Going against my trained experience, I tried to hone in on her voice during the trio numbers and yes, I could hear you. More importantly, the mixing of the three voices was great! The attitude was dead on. During the scene changes, the three divas kept things lively by ad libbing which brought some chuckles from the audience.
So.. if you are in the area this weekend, take a few hours down on Skid Row. You will be in for a treat!