Sam Harrison as Seymour Krelborn feeding carnivorous Audrey II


Kingsclere Performing Arts College, in partnership with Newbury College, proudly presented the musical sensation, "Little Shop of Horrors", at Newbury's Corn Exchange on the 26 and 27 of March 2024. This collaboration spotlighted the exceptional talents of students enrolled in the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, specialising in Musical Theatre, a programme designed to equip them to take centre stage with comprehensive skills for a career in the performing arts industry.

The musical, which ran for two nights, almost reached full capacity at the venue, showcasing the high-calibre performance and production skills that the students have honed under the guidance of industry professionals. Each evening featured a different cast, providing ample opportunities for students to shine in principal roles while being supported by a talented ensemble. This approach not only highlighted individual talents but also underscored the ethos of inclusivity and opportunity.

Ben Hastings and Sam Harrison shared the role of the hapless Seymour Krelborn with Savannah Francis and Lucy McDonald as leading lady Audrey. Carnivorous, man-eating plant Audrey II was superbly controlled by puppeteers Jojo Clubb and Grace Robinson, with Bethany Herron and Abi Moore providing the powerful vocals.

Hannah Horton, Principal of Kingsclere Performing Arts College and the producer of the show, expressed her immense pride in the students' achievement: "The professionalism, dedication, and sheer talent displayed by our students were truly awe-inspiring. Each performance was a testament to their hard work and the exceptional training they receive. I am incredibly proud of every single one of them."

The show's success reflects the collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence shared by Kingsclere Performing Arts College and Newbury College. This partnership underscores the importance of practical, real-world experiences in preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the performing arts industry. Many of the second-year students, who took on principal roles, have already secured places at their first-choice drama schools, conservatoires, and universities.

In line with Newbury College's 'Careers, not courses' ethos, students benefit from a curriculum that balances technical qualifications with practical training. This unique educational model, in partnership with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, ensures students not only achieve academic success but are also industry-ready, equipped with a broad spectrum of skills relevant to their chosen fields.

You can learn more about the educational experiences offered by Newbury College and Kingsclere Performing Arts College, as well as details of future performances at or