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Record breaking success for Christmas production

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A record-breaking cast of more than 70 actors and a live band helped ensure spectacular success for a production of American musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

The biggest ever cast for Glynd┼Ár University Theatre, TV and Performance students’ annual Christmas production took the stage for six performances over three days in the Catrin Finch Centre.

For the first time, they were also joined by a live band made up of staff and students from the university.

Elen Mai Nefydd, senior lecturer in theatre, tv and performance, said: “The play was a huge success and came after a lot of hard work by everyone involved.

“After the success of the musical we performed last year we decided to go a step further and increase the cast and add some live music this time – and we’re delighted it paid off.

“We received a standing ovation on the first night and that theme continued throughout the week.”

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a florist shop worker who raises a plant which feeds on human blood and flesh.

Central to the play is a giant plant which grows as time passes on.

“We wanted to replicate the original show as much as possible so we hired in the giant plant for the stage and it worked so well,” added Elen Mai.

“The Christmas production is an important event in students’ calendars, providing them with real-life experience of performing in front of a public audience.

“It all forms part of the wide range of experiences which we try to provide students here with, adding to the theatre in the community projects which take place regularly throughout the year.”

For more information about the Theatre, TV and Performance degree course visit Glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293439.
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