Cult classic is brought up to date by students

Students rehearsing, Will Carey, Jamie Walter, John Mathews, Tom Doolan, Ben Bower, Fraser Sheath, Alex Davies, Jack Masters, Andre Syred, Kasper Riches. Megan Whitehouse, Annabel Hooper, Millie Aiton, Ales Paradise, Hannah Gilder, Amber Wadey, Aria Burt and Molly Parker

Students rehearsing, Will Carey, Jamie Walter, John Mathews, Tom Doolan, Ben Bower, Fraser Sheath, Alex Davies, Jack Masters, Andre Syred, Kasper Riches. Megan Whitehouse, Annabel Hooper, Millie Aiton, Ales Paradise, Hannah Gilder, Amber Wadey, Aria Burt and Molly Parker

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CULT classic Little Shop of Horrors has been brought up to date for a performance by Steyning Grammar School students next week.

The gleefully gruesome musical is the school’s annual summer show, running from Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7, in the drama hall at the Shooting Field site.

The stunning production, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, is a rock musical following the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphaned florist assistant.

He discovers and nurtures an alien plant – with disastrous consequences.

The plant develops a taste for human blood and horticultural horror ensues as the ill-tempered carnivore offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

Originally, it was set in urban America in the 1950s, but the Steyning students have transported it to the here and now, setting the story in a city centre somewhere in the UK recession.

Show director Jan Hobson, a long-standing governor at Steyning Grammar, said: “This musical is a lot of fun – whacky characters, great rock/motown music, romance, a man eating plant – it has it all.

“It is threaded throughout with humour and wonderful music.”

A cast of 54 Steyning students, aged from 12 to 18, will be transporting audiences into Mushnik’s Little Shop.

Mrs Hobson added: “The cast have been working hard on the production since March.

“This is a great showcase for some of the very talented young performers at Steyning Grammar School.”

Tickets are £10 adults, £6 students and concessions, available from Steyning Grammar School’s Shooting Field office on 01903 814555, or from Steyning Bookshop, in High Street.

The first performance, on Thursday at 6.30pm, is a reduced-price preview evening for primary school students and accompanying adults. Further performances will be next Friday at 7.30pm, and next Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.