It’s spring again which means it’s time for the spring musical!!! This year Mr. Ford decided to do Little Shop of Horrors. Little Shop is the story of a boy named Seymour who is in love with a girl named Audrey who works with him at Ms. Mushnik’s flower shop in downtown Skid Row which is a slum kind of area and also where they live. At the beginning of the show the flower shop is not doing very well and Ms. Mushnik is considering closing for good but then, Seymour discovers this amazing new species of plant that saves the shop. However, this plant has some strange and interesting desires and Seymour must find a way to cater to them if he wants this new discovery to keep attracting customers. He might have to make some major sacrifices!
Johnna Hardy (pictured above), who is our very own Mrs. Mushnik the florist shop owner and Seymour and Audrey’s employer, was asked for some of her opinions on the show. This show is big and extravagant and the school has not done a show like this before so Johnna graciously shared her opinion on that saying, “I would personally say that this is a first for the school. We have never had to rent a puppet before so that’s pretty interesting. This is sort of just like a crazy show.” There are many, as Johnna said, crazy parts to this show so, when she was asked what her favorite part was (excluding major plot points) she had to think for a minute but then stated that she really likes the song “Skid Row (Downtown)” because that is when they have the whole cast with them and, “It’s really just a huge, amazing musical number about how life kind of sucks on Skid Row and everyone comes together and it’s a really powerful number.” Johnna’s character, Mrs. Mushnik, plays a much bigger role in Seymour’s life than just being his employer. Her Character, Mrs. Mushnik reminisces, “I took him [Seymour] out of the Skid Row Home for Boys when he was a child, and I have lived on Skid Row my whole life, so...it’s sort of gotten to me. Because of this, I am sort of just like everybody else; I hate life; it’s not treating me well. Then our shop starts to get successful all of a sudden, and I start to change.”
A large puppet, is used as their shop saving plant and when asked to describe what it looks like all she could say was it was breathtaking! If you want to see it you have to come to the show though because there are ABSOLUTELY no pictures of it before the show, it’s actually illegal for anyone to take pictures of it not during a show or else the they will get fined… not joking.
Now, by this point anyone reading this gets, Little Shop is a really, REALLY extravagant show. So why did Mr. Ford choose this show for high schoolers to do? Well, his reasoning is that it is one of his favorite shows; it’s well known, and he thinks the community will really enjoy it. One of Mr. Ford’s favorite parts of the show is the same as Johnna’s, the song “Skid Row (Downtown).” Mr. Ford likes that song because of how it introduces all of the leads in a fun way. This show has such a big cast, so big that when asked to choose one favorite character, Mr. Ford chose three. The girl trio, made up of Rachel T., Vivian, and Grace (pictured above), are Mr. Ford’s favorite characters.The girls kind of makeup a greek chorus throughout the show as they narrate and tell the story.
When doing any show, especially such a big show, there are some very tough parts. One of the hardest parts for this show for Mr. Ford was renting the puppet, Audrey Two. Other than Audrey Two, the audience will also have catchy music and a funny show that the students have been working really, really hard on to look forward to.
Gracie Vogel, assistant director, also has some opinions on the show to share. “Waiting so long to get this plant!!!!!” was her response to what the hardest part of the show was. She also said that controlling a MASSIVE cast was difficult. Little Shop is not just any musical, no, no, no it is a COMEDY, DOO WOP MUSICAL, which is what Gracie loves about it. “People should come see this show because it will knock your socks off, no matter what you’re expecting. We have so many surprises!!!!” One of the best characters, according to Ms. Vogel, is Johnna’s character Mrs. Mushnik. The character of Mushnik is very sarcastic and apathetic and downright hilarious and the character is actually written as a Mr. Mushnik, but Gracie really loves this character as a female and tells that Johnna is doing an amazing job playing her.
Our final interview was with one of the stage managers, Sam Campo (pictured above). Sam agrees with Gracie about how majorly difficult it is to control such a big cast as well as loving how funny the show is and all the hard work everyone has put in the show. There is one character that hasn’t been mentioned yet, Sam’s favorite, Orin, the dentist. Orin is Audrey’s current boyfriend and there are some interesting and that happen to him because of curtain behaviors that he has that you’ll just have to come see the show to find out about him and how things end up working out for him.
SHOWTIMES AND TICKET INFO:
MONDAY 26 HS SHOW DURING 2ND AND PART OF DS- TICKETS SELLING MARCH 19-23 DURING LUNCH $5/ STUDENT
TUESDAY 27 AND WEDNESDAY 28 MS SHOW DURING SCHOOL- TICKETS SELLING TUESDAY $5/ STUDENT
MONDAY 26 NIGHT @7:00 PM- TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR $10/ ADULT, $5/ STUDENT
TUESDAY 27 NIGHT @7:00 PM- TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR SAME PRICES AS MONDAY NIGHT
WEDNESDAY 28 NIGHT @7:00 PM- TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR SAME PRICES AS MONDAY NIGHT
THURSDAY 29 NIGHT @7:00 PM- TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR SAME PRICES AS MONDAY NIGHT
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