Heywood Community School is a whirlwind of drama this week, as the school stages the fun sci-fi horror musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'.
The show opens this Thursday November 24, to run for three nights at 8pm.
The horror musical stars Liam Oxley as Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, (played by his twin brother Eamonn).
He affectionately names the plant “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop Audrey (Gráinne Ni Chinneide).
Little does he know that this weird plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood.
As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he provides a fresh supply of blood.
Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination. Who will suffer the wrath of Audrey II? And will Seymour’s plan for overnight popularity succeed?
All is sure to be revealed at Heywood this week,
The show follows weeks of intense rehearsals and preparation.
Director Niall Mulpeter says everyone has put in an enormous effort.
“The whole school community is involved. We have an outstanding front line with a solid ensemble and excellent team working diligently behind the scenes. Each member is extremely motivated and the rehearsals are impressive,” he said.
”I am very honoured to have been cast as Seymour, the show has great potential,” said Liam.
“I am enjoying rehearsals and delighted to be able to present this great and fun story to audiences,” added Grainne.
Other key characters are Darragh Watters as Mr Mushnick) and Rachel Bonham, Amy Fitzpatrick, Niamh O’Sullivan and Rachel Fitzpatrick as the Ronettes who will narrate the strange things occurring on Skidrow.
The fantastic front line is sure to deliver hard hitting, motivating and emotional performances.
Eamonn Oxley is doubling up as Audrey II and a dentist.
“I hope I am not being type cast, I am playing two evil parts, but having lots of fun in the process,” he said.
The show is family friendly said Mr Mulpeter.
“Children will love the tale of good versus evil and adults will enjoy the sleazy Audrey II. It is a musical melting-pot of jazz, piano riffs, 60s power ballads, reggae and rockabilly, a truly masterful display of a modern classic,” he said.
Tickets €7 for students/OAPs, €10 for adults, from the school 057 8733333.