Musical set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10.
The classic musical about an alien plant growing in the midst of a floral shop on Skid Row will open soon. Pratt High School will perform LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on Nov. 8, 9, and 10th at 7:30 p.m. Cast and crew have busily been putting the finishing touches on scenes, songs, and sets.
Along with the usual cast of characters, this set is unique because of the plant that invades Mushnik's Skid Row Florist shop and which takes over the life of the central character, Seymour, played by Sam Eastes, and his girlfriend, Audrey, played by Brittnee Hill. The plant has already arrived in Pratt, due to K-State's technical theatre department and with the help of students, parents, and family members aiding in transporting, loading and unloading the plants.
In addition to Seymour and Audrey, Pratt High's cast includes the difficult dentist played by Jonathan Schotte; Mushnik (Jacob Schaefer); and a trio which sings as a Greek-chorus back-up, sixties style (Samaria Kohman, Courtney Blankenship, and Katie Buhler). The plant, Audrey II, actually has to be played by two people: Austin Boshart who will be the voice and Dustin McGraw who will be the puppeteer.
Additional parts include Josh Powell, Lauren Beardsley, Zach Stone, Elee Hampton, and David Schotte who all will play customers or salesmen- and women entranced by the giant plant. Also, the chorus involves Brian Bosley, Angel Colerick, Hailee Colerick, Caleb Hitz, Rheagan Hoover, Kieara Kaufman, Kierson Maydew, Morgan Schmidt, and Delaney Skaggs.
Not only has the cast been rehearsing snappy dance numbers, touching songs, and fun scenes, but a crew of around 50 people has spent Saturdays building and painting the sets. New vocal teacher Brandon Wade has been busy directing music with Duane Hanks accompanying, while assistant director Britney Woody has helped director Rose Beilman with the many acting and technical demands of the show. Many students will also be working backstage to put on the production.
The 1980s stage version of this musical was based on an original 1960s film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith. The stage musical was then turned into a popular film, immortalized by Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene as Seymour and Audrey and with a memorable cameo part by Steve Martin as the dentist.
Pratt High will once again enter their musical production in Wichita Music Theatre's Jester Awards, a competition that judges the strength and effectiveness of various elements of production. Last year, Brittnee Hill was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and Mitch Evans was the only student in Kansas to receive two awards – one for Technical Achievement and one for Lighting. Both students will be involved in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
As in the past three years, Peoples Bank is once again helping to fund the show, in support of the arts at Pratt High School, along with printing costs sponsored by Taylor Printing.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5. For more information, send an e-mail to director Rose Beilman at email@example.com.