Ever seen a man-eating, strange and interesting plant? If not, come see the Musical Theatre Department’s presentation of Little Shop of Horrors April 19-21 in the auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for $7 for students and $10 for adults.
The show takes place in the almost bankrupt Mushnik’s Flower Shop, on Skid Row, in the 1960’s. The show follows the struggles of living in poverty and what it takes to get out of such a dark place, mainly through the leads, Audrey and Seymour.
Audrey is a woman with a haunting past who depends on men- abusive men in particular. She works in the flower shop with her friend Seymour Krelborn, who is secretly in love with her. Seymour sees the abuse Audrey takes from her sadistic dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, and wants her to leave Orin behind and be with him instead.
The show begins by Seymour recalling when he bought an unidentified plant during a total eclipse of the sun. He named the plant Audrey 2 after his love, and the plant started attracting business to the shop. The only problem with Audrey 2 was that no one knew what to feed her. It wasn’t until Seymour cut his finger open, he knew what he had to do.
His blood prompted Audrey 2 to open her mouth and begin to talk to Seymour saying, “Feed me.” Seymour dropped his blood into Audrey 2’s mouth because he was proud to finally be able to feed his plant-child, but he didn’t know how this plant would change his life forever.
He takes matters into his own hands, stopping at nothing to feed the strange and interesting plant. Will he stop doing terrible, awful things, or will he listen to the devil on his shoulder and resort to being the monster he promised to never become?
Keegan Lyle (12) plays the lead role, Audrey, and she wants a full house to support her in the last show of her high school career. She enjoys playing a lead role and feels honored to be able to bring Audrey’s character to life.
Facing the challenges of becoming someone else is also a rewarding experience for the cast. Alex Gadd (9), who plays the abusive boyfriend explains, “Little Shop has really helped me blossom as an actor. It’s given me the opportunity to be someone I’m not. It’s been a challenge but the show is really going to turn out great.”
The cast of Little Shop are not the only ones excited about the show because students have expressed interest as well. Grace Kennard (12) has already shared her excitement about the musical by saying, “I am excited to see my friends perform. I know they have worked hard for this.”
If you like Stranger Things on Netflix, you are sure to love Little Shop of Horrors. If you want to come on down, come on down!