Matlock Musical Theatre is back in action at the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath this week, performing the hit musical Little Shop Of Horrors.
This can be seen from Wednesday, July 30, to Friday, August 1, and marks the society’s return to the venue after a gap of almost three decades.
The popular and entertaining show, written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, famed for their collaborations on many Disney productions, satirises many things: science fiction, ‘B’ movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend.
Originally produced off-Broadway in 1982, Little Shop of Horrors was made into a film in 1986 starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene with Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist. The music is an eclectic mix of rock and roll, doo-wop, Motown, and even a hint of Fiddler on the Roof in the Mushnik & Son number.
MMT is very excited to be returning to The Grand Pavilion after nearly 30 years and Little Shop of Horrors is their first full show production since Gigi in 2011.
All aspects musical are in the expert hands of Delph Richards while Jo Petch makes her directorial debut for the society with Kathryn Kersey taking charge of choreography.
Although it’s been a fair while since the group last performed at the venue, there is one member of the cast, Steve Clements, who was part of it all back in 1976. As he mentioned, “The last production I did at the Pavilion, in 1984, was Fiddler on the Roof, where I played a Jewish innkeeper and ironically I am playing the Jewish shop keeper, Mr Mushnik, in this production. Typecasting you might ask?”
Performances begin at 7.30pm on each of the three days of the show.
Tickets are available from Tim and Pauline Clark on 01773 821501.
You can also see the company’s website at www.matlock-musical-theatre.org.uk for more details.