From Paul Carr, the full, unexpurgated notes about Little Shop of Horrors, our show this week....


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Welcome to the final show of this epic CADOS season – Little Shop of Horrors!

I’m delighted that we are finally staging a full length musical again as part of the main CADOS season. I’ve always been a fan of musical theatre and it is the genre that got me interested in theatre in the first place, so it has felt like something has been missing slightly over the past few years. And what better show to try and revive that interest than Little Shop, with its catchy musical numbers and unique blend of comedy, sci-fi and humour. Having been a fan of the film when I was young it was also one of the first professional shows I ever went to see and I still remember my complete disbelief at the ending when I saw it for the first time!

It is always interesting to revisit shows from time to time and this was one of the first ‘big’ musicals that I produced with our youth theatre 10 years ago, with two promising young directors named Sean Hargreaves and Vicki Forrester. Things have now come full circle and Vicki is back playing Crystal, alongside CADOS characters both old and new. Paul Duckworth makes a return after 25 years trapped on the other side of the border in Leyland, Danny Watkiss was last here 5 years ago in RENT, whilst Katie, Rachel, Steven and Alan are all relatively regular faces at the theatre. Finally Rob Armstrong as the voice of the plant and Diane Glover as Audrey make their CADOS debuts and I hope this is just the first of many shows that we might see them here for. The entire cast has worked really hard throughout rehearsals and

The great thing about revisiting shows is that you can go back and do all the things you wanted to do the first time but that we couldn’t afford the time or money to do for a youth theatre show, and thanks must go to all the crew in all departments of the theatre who have worked so hard to put together what is a deceptively complicated show. From quick costume changes to moving scenery, all the unseen tech in the background to the backstage plant wranglers they have all pulled out the stops for this musical return, and let me turn back the clock to address some of the things I wish I’d got round to the first time!

Thanks must also go to Ian Robinson and Andy Burke for their immensely ‘hands-on’ producing, and spare a thought for Ian who is really suffering for his art this week! Wayne Oakes and our fabulous musicians for giving the show the ‘oomph’ factor, and Hannah my choreographer who has once again done a sterling job of making the show look as good as it does.

A final thanks goes to you, our audience – without you there is no show, and without people coming to see live theatre and using our smaller venues the amateurs would have nowhere to while away the hours. Our brand new season is already on sale, including two studio productions (including the studio musical ‘Eating Raoul’ next spring), a brand new pantomime, the North West premiere of ‘The LadyKillers’, and a host of other top quality shows. We have also started screening National Theatre Live shows in conjunction with the film society allowing us to bring more professional theatre productions to the venue, plus a regular supply of live top name comedians, musical acts and feature films. But we can only keep up these shows with the support of our wonderful audiences so please do look to see if there is anything you might be interested in, book your tickets now for the best seats in the house and please recommend us to others if you like what we do!

Finally for musical or Menken lovers please remember that we have our youth theatre show, The Little Mermaid, in three weeks time (and who knows - maybe one of them will be writing these notes in 10 years time!)

We hope you have a fantastic evening – and remember DON’T FEED THE PLANTS!