It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since I went to the theatre, considering how many great productions have crossed our Johannesburg streets, but when life gets in the way you have to be serious. Lucky for me, Little Shop of Horror came at a great time.
The first time I watched Little Shop of Horror I was 7 or 8 years old and my eldest sister was playing one of the singing trio in her high school production. This was one of the first production I had ever watched and I LOVED IT; so it was a no-brainer that we, my sisters and I, had to go watch it for old times sack and to add another musical to my niece’s theatre experiences. The production has been running from the 12 June and ends on the 09 August at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Monte Casino. It is directed by Steven Stead with Justin Southey as the musical director and a cast of 11. I was not fully convinced by the casting of Alan Committie as Seymour, as he appeared a little too old for the role, but his delivery of the role was satisfactory. I do, however, feel that Zak Hendrikz, playing Orin, and Michael Richard, playing Mr Mushnik, took the show. The delivery of their songs were a perfect match for the roles they were playing; They made “Dentist” and “Mushnik and Son” my favourite musical numbers for the night. “The Meek Shall Inherit” was the highlight number for me in the second half and of course the title song “Little Shop of Horror” was the tune everyone was walking out singing. It was definitely a trip down memory lane and my niece agrees that it was a great watch.
Pieter Toerien and KickstArt did a great job at presenting the musical and I would recommend it to anyone in the area who has the time. It is worth it.