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‘Feed me Seymour!’ Crawley school brings Little Shop Of Horrors to life

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From the moment the lights go down there is a buzz in the auditorium.

Six dancers poised in perfect unison await the build up of the opening number and when those first beats hit and the well rehearsed moves begin you know you are in for a treat.

And when Annie Hitchcock starts the show as Mr Mushnik with his troubled flower shop you are instantly brought into this crazy musical world.

Mr. Mushnik played by Annie Hitchcock.

The Gatwick School may be the youngest secondary school in the town but the talented staff they have brought onboard is very evident in the way the students full potential is wonderfully brought out in public performance.

L-R Wiktoria Nowicka and Joseph Banbury as Audrey and Seymour.

Little Shop Of Horrors has been a roaring success ever since its original film back in 1960. Since then the musical has entertained audiences around the world and when the remake came out in 1986 it brought a whole new lease of life to the story.

It’s a musical that can be a real challenger for a school to put on which is probably why it has already gained so much excitement both amongst students and parents.

Take one ‘geeky’ flower store worker who one day, during a ‘total eclipse of the sun’, discovers a strange talking plant who helps to turn around a struggling business and VOILA! you have the makings of something very original and extremely funny.

Dylan Bendall (L) plays the dark character of Orin Scrivello

The key character of Seymour is played with real gusto by Joseph Banbury who manages to bring the true characteristics of the timid yet secretly brave Seymour to life and who you really feel as he has to contend with all the problems Audrey II brings him.

While Wiktoria Nowicka as Audrey manages to illustrate the naive but loving character even when confronted by the brilliantly nasty dentist Orin Scrivello who is played far too well by Dylan Bendall that you immediately hate the character and can’t wait for the plant to… no I wont say what, you need to watch it to find out.

Katie Steere plays Audrey II.

Taking on the role of Audrey II (the plant) is not an easy task. Shouldering the mammoth task of this character with songs to match, Katie Steere manages to not only bring her own take to the role but invites the audience to join in with some of the biggest numbers of the show, a task that takes some confidence but which she pulls off with apparent ease.

But no show can create an atmosphere without a supporting cast and all of those involved in this production do so with such passion you want to jump up with them and join in.

Director Rosie Townsend and Vince Martin have done an incredible job of engaging as many students as possible within the production and every single one is visually excited and passionate to be involved in it.

But I cannot write a review piece without also mentioning the exceptional work of those backstage whose hard work does not go unnoticed.

Sound Technician Daisy Hitchcock

Daisy Hitchcock on sound, Tyler Kenyon on lighting and Kelly Orchard with makeup are all integral in bringing the production to life and with Muscial Director Katie Boud bringing the voices of the students to life you are left enjoing every single part of this wonderful production.

Lighting technician Tyler Kenyon

To say this is a roaring success of a production would be no lie. It’s a fun, exciting and powerful production and one you should certainly take the whole family to see.

The show starts tonight, 11th Feb and runs 12th and 13th Feb with doors opening at 5:15pm. Tickets are £7 for adults (16+) and £5 for children and you can purchase tickets from the schools website by clicking here.

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New post office services in Broadfield, Crawley means residents don’t have to go into town centre

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The Post Office has been a widely debated topic in Crawley ever since it’s Boulevard closure and subsequent move into WHSmiths in The Mall.

But even once the move took place the debates continued as people argued about issues of access and parking to name just a couple.

With some local newsagents offering only limited post office services it has meant that Crawley residents were very limited in their choice of where they could go.

That is now changing as the full services available within WHSmith come to a Broadfield shop.

Broadfield Newsagent & Post Office will now be a complete alternative to all Crawley residents requiring the full services of the post office, services normally only found in the town centre location.

Whether it is paying bills, passport checking or vehicle tax, parcel drop off or cash withdrawal, foreign currency or document checking – everything you would expect to be able to do is coming to the local store.

What’s more, residents will not need to worry about paying for a car park or for having to contend with the town centre traffic. A large free car park in the relatively quiet Broadfield area means a quick trip really can be exactly that, ‘quick’.

The store is heavily involved in the community especially within Broadfield and works closely with the local police to raise safety levels in the area.

They have also won numerous awards including Top 100 independent retailer in the UK for 5 years in a row.

Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn said:

“Very proud to have this first class facility in Broadfield with the bonus of having free parking which means easy access to the post-office for everybody.”

These extra services will be very welcomed by residents as the town works through the hardest crisis it and others across the country have had to face, and what better store to bring onboard these services, one that really does care about the people it serves.

To quote Mahatma Gandhi – part of a sign that is hung above the store tills at the newsagents itself:

‘A CUSTOMER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VISITOR ON OUR PREMISES. MAHATMA GANDHI’

The shops opening hours are:
Monday to Saturday – 7am to 7pm
Sunday and public holidays – 7.30 to 4pm

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