‘Little Shop’ is set to open

Easter Sunday is a significant date for many people, and in Kilkenny music and theatre circles it heralds the annual production from the ever popular Kilkenny Musical Society.

Easter Sunday is a significant date for many people, and in Kilkenny music and theatre circles it heralds the annual production from the ever popular Kilkenny Musical Society.

Since its beginnings in the Friary Hall in the early 1970s, the society has presented a production every spring for the people of Kilkenny. On April 8 the 39th production, Little Shop of Horrors, will be presented.

Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy-rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.

The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour.

This show has everything. It is high on comic content – the music has a very rock and roll feel but is interspersed with some very touching numbers that capture the emerging love affair between Seymour and Audrey.

Then we have The Plant named Audrey 2 after the heroine in the musical. It starts out as a simple potted plant but gradually grows as the story progresses into a man-eating monster that dominates the stage in Act 2.

Add in the talented chorus, the usual high-standard lighting and set and a live band, and the recipe is there for the annual success story that usually leaves audiences enthralled and astounded.

Part of the proceeds on opening night will go to the local St Vincent de Paul Society. Given that it runs during Easter week the society confirms that the production would be very suitable for children over 10.

Booking is now open at the Watergate Box Office on 056 7761674 and at www.watergatetheatre.com. Tickets cost €20 but for the Monday and Tuesday performances all tickets are €16.