‘Little shop’ girls delicious

2015-05-26 06:00
Heathfield’s Chantal Herman plays Crystal in Little shop of horrors.

Heathfield’s Chantal Herman plays Crystal in Little shop of horrors.

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Theatre-goers have less than two week left to catch Little shop of horrors at Theatre on the Bay.

The musical, starring Alan Committie, tells the story of Seymour Krelborn who works and lives in a rundown flower shop. While his boss struggles to keep the shop open, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop – and himself – fame and fortune. He purchases an exotic plant from a street vendor, naming the plant Audrey II, after the girl he loves.

The plant proves good for business, attracting more customers to the store, but gradually Seymour learns to his horror that Audrey II craves more than potash, and Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant’s appetite.

It’s the show’s “Doo Wop” girls, played by Chantal Herman, Lelo Ramasimong and Dionne Song, that help bring composer Alan Menken’s music to life.

Cape Town local Chantal Herman plays Little shop of horrors’s Crystal.

Chantal, who lives in Heathfield, comes from a musical family. Her father Anthony Herman was the conductor of the popular Peninsula Choristers and Holy Redeemer choir for many years. Her mother Sybil, who was a teacher at St Anthony’s, was the accompanist for the choir, as well as the church organist and her sister Tania played guitar and directed the Folk Liturgy Group, of which Chantal was a part.

Chantal also started a liturgical dance group and choreographed and shared her popular pieces.

She was only eight when she signed up for violin lessons and joined the Harvard Ensemble, performing all over Cape Town. She also joined Arthur Benjamin’s acting group and discovered a love for the process of putting a play together.

At school Chantel was already raking in the awards, winning the Best Actress award in the Western Province schools competition.

Since graduating from the Waterfront Theatre School, Chantel has appeared in numerous musicals, commercials, television shows and in the international movie Hector and the search for happiness, with Simon Pegg.

Pint-sized 26-year-old Dionne, who plays Ronette in Little shop of horrors, is best known for her role as the vivacious bimbo Beyonce in MNet’s The coconuts, which earned her a Safta nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 2008.

With a host of theatrical credits to her name, this Tswhane-born actress says she’s elated to be part of the Little shop of horrors cast.

Besides her theatre performances across the country and in the United Kingdom as part of Cape Town Opera’s Showboat cast, Dionne has also worked as the vocalist for the house trio Jenerik-Soulz. She is currently working on her first solo project as a singer and songwriter.

Top 10 Idols contestant Lelo Ramasimong, who plays Chiffon, hadn’t even turned 21 yet when she won the Durban Theatre award for Best Newcomer.

She won another for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kickstart’s production of Little shop of horrors.

Lelo has been part of the cast for big productions like Hazel Feldman’s Dreamgirls and appeared on international stages in African footprint (in the production’s tour to China) and Barnyard Theatre’s Under African skies for its tour of Holland, Belgium and France.

She also appeared on the small screen last year as the lead female vocalist for the popular television show Strictly come dancing.V

Little shop of horrors will be on stage at Theatre on the Bay until Saturday 6 June. Visit www.theatreonthebay.co.za for tickets and more information. WIN! WIN! WIN!


Five readers can each win double tickets to see Little shop of horrors. SMS the word “little” followed by your name and contact details to 45527 before midnight on Wednesday 27 May to enter. SMSes cost R1.50


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