Iconic musical engages talented cast and crew

Quirky, much-loved cult classic hopes to be a hit with viewers

(Olivia Loomis) Actors Graham Hartlaub, junior, and Casey Tutton, senior, rehearse a dramatic scene in front of Audrey II. Actors say the show is demanding, but that it will be a success.
(Olivia Loomis) Actors Graham Hartlaub, junior, and Casey Tutton, senior, rehearse a dramatic scene in front of Audrey II. Actors say the show is demanding, but that it will be a success.

The high school drama department will be performing Little Shop of Horrors in the high school auditorium on October 23, 24 and 25.

Seymour Krelborn, played by Graham Hartlaub, junior, is an orphaned man who lives in the basement of his adopted father’s struggling flower shop. Krelborn stumbles upon a plant from outer space, which brings the flower shop fame and fortune, but with great consequences as well.

“[Little Shop of Horrors] is about a man-eating plant. It’s about people who want a better life and what kind of things they will do in order to get [that] for themselves. It’s also a love story,” said Joe King, theater director.

The cast and crew believe that this imaginative musical will turn into a great performance, thanks to the well-written, iconic plot and the gifted participants of the show.

“It’s really fun and it’s also really relatable to a lot of people. It’s not like Godspell or something where no one really knows what is happening. It’s just a really fun show with great music and a great story,” said Alec Sill, junior and voice of Audrey II. “It’s one f my favorite shows, and we have a talented cast and crew. I’m excited.”

The drama department hopes that the audience will approve their version of the show as well. Onlookers enjoyed the play in the past, so it appears that Little Shop of Horrors will be a success, just as most of the plays in the past have been.

“It’s a dark comedy, and I think the kids like that kind of thing. Plus, it was a really popular movie in the 1980s and I think it has kind of a cult following,” King said.

However, before the show can start to officially open, a lot of preparation is needed for both cast and crew. Both parts of the team effort that makes up the drama department will have worked for a total of about 240 hours by the time the first performance is showcased, working on choreography, character development, blocking and the set design, all essential components in any production put on by the drama department, but one that will undoubtedly take a substantial amount of time from cast and crew members.

“You know your standard scenic build is going to be about six weeks, beginning to end,” said Maylan Thomas, technical director. “Your lighting install is going to be about three weeks from top to bottom. That’s why there’s such a big calendar to make these things happen; because a lot of construction takes place and we need lights, sound and all of that stuff.”

Thomas and the technical crew have been creating a rotating set that goes from the outside of the flower shop to the inside of it, using wheels and human power to turn it 180 degrees.

In addition, they are involving other businesses, both within the community and outside of it to assist in getting all of the props required for the show.

“We actually have been collaborating with the Grand Florist down here on Capital and they’re providing some flower shop components for us,” Thomas said. “We’ve got the puppets that are coming in from Philadelphia from a professional puppet house; all they do is make and sell different puppets. It’s going to be fantastic.”

With the many hours of labor and apparent talent displayed by the students involved, Little Shop of Horrors‘ participants are expecting an impressive show that will both please and impress audiences.

“It’s going to be a smashing success,” King said.

by Grace Scherwenka and Elena Cruz

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