Little Shop Of Horrors, the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof, is being staged by by the Truro Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society this month.

The story follows Seymour, an assistant at a failing florist shop in downtrodden Skid Row, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey II in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.

The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore with macabre plans of its own, surviving only on human flesh with an appetite that becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams? Will they all make it out alive?

The production is directed by Mike Meer, whose previous productions with TAODS include Dad’s Army and The Ladykillers. Seymour is played by Simon Duffield with Audrey played by Truro High School sixth former Savannah Hall.

Mushnik's Skid Row Florists is play by Simon Bennett and Truro High’s drama teacher Ian Tutin also makes an appearance as the unhinged dentist Orin Scivello. Tara Wollacott, Cathy Bennett and Hazel Kernow play the three backing singers that appear throughout with harmonised fun 50s tunes. Supporting the cast is a clever set also created by Mike, with moving parts, hidden doors and of course Seymour’s second love – the green leafed Audrey II.

With music by the legendary Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors is a cult film and one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time. It is an hilarious family show with classic 1950s-style music, fantastic staging and man eating props.

It will be staged at the Redannick Theatre in Truro from October 25 to 28 and November 1 to 4, at 7.30pm each night. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £9 for children 16 and under or £40 for a family ticket for two adults and two children 16 and under. The are available at the Hall for Cornwall website or call the box office on 01872 262466.

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