Planting the seeds for successful school show

The cast of Little Shop of Horrors at Calder High School.
The cast of Little Shop of Horrors at Calder High School.

Students at Calder High School are starring in a bloomin’ marvellous production at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Mytholmroyd, this week.

A cast of 80 pupils are featuring in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Directed by teacher Mrs Melnyk, it stars year ten students Bertie Yates and Hannah Lawton in the lead roles.

The musical tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbours a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr Mushnik daily.

One day as Seymour is seeking a new plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II.

The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper.

Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and, later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex.

Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

The musical director is Mrs Johnson and choreography is by Mrs Gallagher.

Mrs Hutt, of the expressive arts department, said: “The students have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing the show and we are extremely proud of how hard they have worked.

“They have given up every break, lunch and after school since January, and all their efforts have certainly paid off.

“From new year seven students to experienced year 11s, every member of the cast and crew has been dedicated, passionate and worked diligently to create an imaginative show.

“Audiences will be entertained by the comedy characters, delighted by the musical numbers and astounded by the plant.

“It’s a fantastic group that have produced a fantastic show – well done everyone.”

The show continues tonight (Thursday) at 7pm. For tickets, call 01422 883213.