Beware the two Audreys...

Little Shop Of Horrors
Little Shop Of Horrors

Chorley Operatic group all set for first musical in five years, and it’s also Horrors in Southport

The Chorley Amateur Dramatic And Operatic Society is presenting Little Shop Of Horrors, the ever-popular comedy musical about a carnivorous plant in 1950s New York.

The Dole Lane theatre show runs from Monday, June 23 until Saturday, June 28.

Directed by Paul Carr, produced by Ian Robinson and Andy Burke and choreographed by Hannah Liddle, this is the first full-blown CADOS musical for five years.

From the writers of the Disney films The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast and Aladdin, this musical has been thrilling audiences for more than 30 years and is best-known for the 1980s film starring Rick Moranis.

The stage version has more songs, more fun, and a different ending

Nerdy young florist’s assistant, Seymour Krelborn is about to be fired when his colleague, Audrey, urges him to bring out a mysterious new strain of plant that he’s been tinkering with.

Mushnik, the store owner, gives Seymour one week to see if the “Audrey 2” plant improves his business.

Unfortunately, Seymour soon learns that Audrey 2 can talk and has a gruesome appetite.

He also discovers that the plant brings him success, money and fame – as well as the romantic interest of Audrey.

However, the plant’s appetite grows bigger, with tragic results.

Tickets are £8 from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362.

Southport Spotlights are also presenting a version of Little Shop Of Horrors the ever popular comedy musical, by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken, at Southport Little Theatre, from Saturday, June 28 until Saturday, July 5 at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday.

Hilary Thomson directs the musical with Chris Rimmer the MD and choreography by Corinna Davies.

The cast includes Rob MacGregor as Seymour, Bridie Flanagan as Audrey and Stephen Hughes-Alty as Mr Mushnik.

Tickets from the Little Theatre Box Office 01704 30521/530460: or e-mail spotlights-tickets@outlook.com

Following the society’s success with last year’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which received a Noda nomination for best choreography, Morecambe Amateur, Operatic & Dramatic Society will be performing the much loved musical Annie at the Lancaster Grand Theatre, from Tuesday, June 24 - Saturday, June 28, with a Saturday matinee.

The story centres around orphan Annie who lives a ‘hard knock life’ with other orphans in a New York orphanage run by the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan.

Annie is searching for her parents and is convinced that they will return to collect her one day. In the meantime, Annie is chosen to stay at the mansion of the billionaire Oliver Warbucks and it is he who finally adopts her as his own.

The fun began at the beginning of the year when more than 60 girls came along to audition for the part of the orphans and the leading role of Annie.

The auditioning panel certainly had their work cut out.

Eventually, the final 10 orphans were cast, along with two very talented Annies.

The orphans are amazing but we mustn’t forget the other star of the show, Sandy the dog. He’s just – well adorable!

Tickets are £8 on the opening night and the Saturday matinee and £11 for all the other performances.

Tickets from the Ticket Secretary – Tel: 01524 852399 or from the Box Office – Tel 01524 64695 or online at www.lancastergrand.co.uk

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra brings its 2013/2014 concert season to a close for the year with an evening concert, The Best of the Bard, celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on Sunday, June 22, starting at 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Honister Avenue, Blackpool.

Tickets are available for £8 for adults with free entry for under 19s. Tickets via the website www.blackpoolsymphony.co.uk or call 01253 351020.

The orchestra is playing music inspired by Shakespeare. The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet inspired three of the works in the concert; Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Delius’ A Walk to the Paradise Garden. West Side Story is a really exciting piece for audiences and orchestra alike as it includes saxophones, a police whistle, lots of extra woodwind and percussion players and a drum kit!

There is also another trip to the musicals in this concert, with Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, drawing on The Taming of the Shrew.