The Little Shop of Horrors A Smashing Success
Jul 20, 2011 06:52PM ● Published by Anonymous
Everything – from the singing to the set – was magnificent. If enthusiastic clapping after every number and a standing ovation at the end are any sign of success, then The Little Shop of Horrors which opened last weekend, presented by Infinity Theater Company at the Children’s Theater of Annapolis was beyond successful. It was superb.
For the opening number, Chiffon, Crystal, and Ronnette (played by Martina Sykes, Ariana Scoggins, and Ardale Shepherd, respectively) sing all out with flawless harmony. Reminiscent of the Doo-Wop era, almost all of the numbers make the audience want to stand up and dance. With a lively band to top it off, the music could not have been better.
With a plot slightly reminiscent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (think naïve man and killer monster), the musical incorporates a perfect blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Topher Nuccio’s depiction of naïve, though guilt ridden, Seymour, who only wants a better life for himself and Audrey, is both humorous and tragic – everything necessary for an impeccable performance. Funny, yet carrying undertones of sadness, Stacie Bono’s portrayal of Audrey’s tragic plight is fantastic. Bring in Ira Denmark as Mushnik and Eric Whitehead as Orin, and you have an outstanding cast.
Then there’s Audrey II, that horrible, beautiful monster-plant so necessary to the Little Shop of Horrors. From its first introduction as a tiny plant to its final state as a humongous monster, Audrey II was realistic enough to be convincing, yet whimsical enough to be fairy-tale-like. Incredible puppeteering by John Ettinger made Audrey II seem as if it was alive and actually growing. And, Lamont Whitaker did a fantastic job as Audrey II’s voice.
The Little of Shop Horrors is musical entertainment well worth watching. As the opening night attested, audiences will not be disappointed. The performances continue through August 7th. For tickets and show-times, visit www.infinitytheatrecompany.com.