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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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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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