Enthusiastic cast brings ‘Little Shop’ alive


WITH a talented cast of 47, Central Southland College pupils are preparing to put on the show of their lives.

Pupils from Years 9-13 will take part in the school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors next month.

Dramatic and darkly humorous, the show follows the story of a poor young man, Seymour, who is hopelessly in love with his colleague Audrey.

One day, he finds an unusual plant which brings him fame and fortune.

The twist, however, is the plant only grows when it is fed human blood.

The school’s performing arts teacher in charge Kelly Wilkinson explained, as the plant grew, so did Seymour’s fame.

“He does everything he can to impress Audrey but ends up down a dark road of deceit and murder.

“It sounds really dark, but it is a beautiful show full of love and dramatic twists and turns. The music is outstanding.”

In total, about 50 children were involved and more than 20 teachers were helping to put it all together.

Auditions began in March and since then rehearsals involving acting, singing and dancing had been held.

This term was the busiest for getting things like the set built, costumes made and tickets sold.

Wilkinson said the children were all doing amazing.

“These young people are enthusiastic, positive, diligent, fun and talented. They are the reason we do these activities.

“It really is mind-blowing what skilled actors, singers and dancers we have for a small rural school.”

This would be the second time the show had been put on at the school by Wilkinson and musical director Jolene Kynan-Wilde, and both were excited to do it again.

The show will be held on July 6 and 8 at 7pm, with tickets available from the school’s office.

  • Cost: $15 adults, $10 school pupils (not suitable for small children).