IT'S two years since The Island Savoyards last performed a full show — and they burst back onto the scene in style with Little Shop of Horrors at Shanklin Theatre last week.

The show was brimming with energy and it was packed with brilliant choreography, great songs and solid acting performances, under the skilled direction of Pete Stockman, himself well-known in Isle of Wight theatre circles.

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Daniel Farmer was perfectly cast in the role of the nerdy lead character, Seymour Krelborn, whose horticultural find grew into the big people-eating plant we all recognise.

Isle of Wight County Press: Island Savoyards - Little Shop of Horrors. Photos by Rodger Hooper. Audrey II (the plant), played by Nathan Meller, left, with Daniel Farmer as Seymour Krelborn.

Audrey II (the plant), played by Nathan Meller, left, with Daniel Farmer as Seymour Krelborn. Photo by Rodger Hooper.

I loved Ashley Rettie as Audrey, who sashayed around in high heels and was adorable as Seymour's secret crush and fellow flower shop worker, Audrey.

Steve Jones played a blinder as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello — I think everyone in the audience wanted to slap him when he was nasty to Audrey and his rendition of Now (It's Just The Gas) was a brilliant end to the first act.

The four Ronettes — Bryony Bishop, Blue Brown, Sunny Brown and Jes Rann — are all accomplished singers in their own right and they provided a toe-tapping, all-singing, all-dancing framework for the show.

David Kent gave a solid performance as flower shop owner Mr Mushnik, while Nathan Meller was superb as the voice of the devious, soul-singing, sassy plant, Audrey II — and there were huge cheers from the audience when he stepped out from the famous fly-trap to take his bows during the finale.

  • Auditions for the next Island Savoyards show, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, are this Sunday (October 31) at Shanklin Conservative Club from 5pm.  Auditions are open to new, existing and previous members and there is more information on the group's Facebook page.
  • Tickets for The Hunchback of Notre Dame can now be booked via Shanklin Theatre.