May will be blooming for members of the King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic
Society as they present their latest show.
Members of KLODS will be taking to the stage with its latest production featuring a
singular plant in The Little Shop of Horrors which bursts through the curtain at Lynn’s
Arts Centre at the beginning of the month.
The show was first staged by KLODS in 1998, and runs from May 1 to 4 at the Arts Centre.
Of the original cast, only David Nash has returned with the same role but he is joined by five other cast members who appeared in the 1998 shows.
“The show is important to us on many levels – it is a wonderfully fun musical, with a plot based on love, money, great songs, many of which are now torch songs in their own right,” said chairman Margaret Fox.
“As a registered Charity, KLODS is committed to offering high quality entertainment to the people of West Norfolk, and I am proud of the hard work and commitment from cast members, as well as the vital people behind the scenes.
“This allows people to learn how to sing, dance and act, as well as entertain an audience. However, our biggest commitment as a society is financial, and I hope that people will come along and support the show and the work of KLODS, as we intend to still be entertaining cast and audiences for another 112 years – as long as we are not eaten by alien plants, of course… ”
The show tells the story of nerdy Seymour Krelborn (Matt Austin) and the beautiful, but ditzy Audrey (Hayley Dennis), who work at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in the slums of Skid Row in New York City in 1960.
After a day without a single customer, Mushnik (Paul Howe) prompts to close the store, but Audrey persuades him to let Seymour display a “strange and interesting” plant to attract customers, which Seymour has named Audrey II.
Immediately, a customer (David Nash) enters and asks Seymour about the plant.
Seymour explains that he got the plant from an old Chinese man during an unexpected Solar eclipse.
The plant successfully attracts customers and puts the flower shop back in business.
Seymour’s attempts to find proper nourishment for the finicky plant are unsuccessful until he accidentally pricks his finger on a rose thorn, and discovers that Audrey II (Lee Chapman) has an appetite for human blood.
The plant turns-out to be something quite unexpected and puts Seymour under huge pressure to find ‘food’ for him.
KLODS members have been performing at the Arts Centre since it’s re-opening in 1951, and for many years the society was based in the theatre’s Shakespeare Barn.
It remains based in part of the centre’s complex of buildings.
The society was founded 113 years ago and is West Norfolk’s oldest musical society.
Tickets for the Little Shop of Horrors are available from the box office on 01553 764864.