PIQUA — The American cult-classic “Little Shop of Horrors” can be enjoyed by the community next week, when it will be performed by Piqua High School students.
The musical will be directed by Tom Westfall, choir teacher and director of the music department at PHS. He expressed why his students will be producing the dark comedy.
“We’ve never done ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at PHS and it has always been on my list of things to do,” Westfall said. “I felt we had a good group of kids this year to play the parts and looked at my calendar and thought it would be great to do on Halloween weekend.”
The cast includes 50 students. The lead cast features T.J. Iddings, senior, as Seymour Krelborn; Kelsey Sotello, junior, as Audrey; Brendan Tisher, senior, as Mr. Mushnick; Taurean Collier, senior, as the Dentist; Tanner McKinney, senior, as the voice of the plant; and 10 PHS girls as the Raggamuffins.
Although there are only three Raggamuffins in the original “Little Shop” cast, Westfall explained why there are seven additional girls in the PHS production.
“The main reason there are 10 is because I wanted to give more girls the opportunity to try (the part),” he said. “There are safety in numbers. If you have a couple of people helping out, you should be in good shape (to help/prevent slip-ups).”
Students have been rehearsing three nights a week, with the Raggamuffins performing an extra hour on Sundays to perfect harmonization.
“(Raggamuffins) do all of the singing for the show and act as storytellers, and those parts are very important,” Westfall said, “We wanted to make sure it was really good and wanted to give them extra time.”
Westfall said that overall, rehearsals were going well.
“(Rehearsals are going) good, kids are working on last-minute memorization,” he said, “We have had a lot of theme change with the plants and that will be the last-week stress, but it’s coming along nicely.”
The set of the musical is on a rotating stage from front to back, with each side showing the inside and outside of the flower shop. There are two-story brownstones to be used as steps and will lead to a front door. Four different plants are rented from Cincinnati, with each one representing the plant in different growth stages.
The comedy is family-appropriate and will be performed at PHS in the Hartzell Center of the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets can be purchased in the main office at the high school at $8 for adults and $5 for students.
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