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Little Shop of Horrors

Monday 20 May, 2013
by Jonathan Billingham

On the ninth day of the month of May, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced – as such enemies often do – in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...New College! The Producers, Andrew Hay & Laura Butterworth

In 2013, the New College Students’ Association staged the musical Little Shop of Horrors by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. Like all our theatrical productions it was entirely produced, directed and performed by New Collegians. Three performances of the show ran from 9th-11th May in the little theatre that is periodically constructed in the Main Common Room of the college for plays, musicals and revues. All three performances were well attended by UNSW students, the families of those in the production, alumni and staff of New College.

The star of the show was a disturbing, blood-thirsty, carnivorous plant, which grew as the story unfolded. By the end of the show most of the characters had been devoured. The New Collegians who formed the props and set design teams for this production had their work cut out to bring the florist shop of Skid Row to life. In fact, an additional subcommittee, headed by collegian Tim Elton, was required to accomplish the task of creating various incarnations of the giant man-eating plant.

The cast projected a great energy throughout the duration of the show. The delivery of their lines was tight and the singing, tunefully strong. The band accompanied the show with panache evoking the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown. The eleven piece outfit was led by Callum Agnew and conductor John Raneri.

Directors Chloe Oastler and Libby Hatcher together with Producers Andrew Hay and Laura Butterworth were able to produce a fun and enthusiastic musical that was just as enjoyable for Collegians to perform as it is was for the audience to watch. The musical captured the balanced and colourful lifestyle that is encouraged at New College. With over fifty collegians involved from the cast, band, choreography, costumes, make up, backstage, publicity, artistic design, props, catering, fundraising, set construction and technical support, the process of it all coming together was a big one, but a good one. The New College community will fondly look back at this theatrical achievement.