MHS' performance of 'Little Shop of Horrors' a success

Friday, November 15, 2013
Seymour discovers what his new plant, Audrey II, needs to survive. Senior Ryan Layton plays Seymour in Marshall High School's production of "Little Shop of Horrors." (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

Marshall High School students performing in "Little Shop of Horrors" received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the musical on Thursday, Nov. 14.

According to an earlier release from the high school, "Little Shop of Horrors" is a rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, who nurtures a plant, Audrey II, and discovers that it's bloodthirsty and highly intelligent, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Seymour, played by senior Ryan Layton, struggles with maintaining a high moral ground and getting the girl of his dreams, and as the difference of right and wrong start to blur, Seymour must choose between right and wrong or everything he ever wanted. Layton does an incredible job of bringing Seymour to life and showing the audience his desire to belong.

Mushnik, right, lectures Audrey on her choice in men in the MHS performance of "Little Shop of Horrors." Mushnik is played by James Elfrink and Audrey is played by Hallie Harper. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

Audrey, played by Hallie Harper, knows Seymour is a great guy, but she doesn't consider herself worthy of someone like him. Harper shows how her character grows from a timid girl to someone who would sacrifice herself for the man she loves.

Mushnik, played by James Elfrink, is the owner of the flower shop where Seymour and Audrey work. Elfrink really lets loose on the stage to the audience's delight when Mushnik asks Seymour to be his son as he performs an unusual dance across the stage.

Audrey II, the blood thirsty plant, is voiced by Quiz Falls and manipulated by Josiah Love, who also played Customer No. 1. Other cast members include Isaiah Guthrey as the announcer, Maciah Keith as Chiffon, senior Samantha Ehrhardt as Crystal, senior Elizabeth Mulhall as Ronnette, senior Roger Rodriguez as Wino No. 1, James Borges as Wino No. 2, Nick Smith as Customer No. 2, senior Colton Tolias as Mr. Bernstein, senior Caitlin Crawford as Mrs. Luce, Mary Elfrink as Bitsy Snip and Madi Woolsey as Patricia Martin. The musical was directed by Michael Brennan and Ann Lewis.

Seymour cringes as Orin, Audrey's abusive boyfriend, asks him to help get the helmet off as Orin prepares to work on his teeth after getting high on nitrous oxide. Seymour is played by senior Ryan Layton and Orin is played by senior Joe Damiano. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

The supporting crew included Lewis on keyboard; senior Jordan Holloway on bass; Ben Sporleder on drums; Amber Tottingham was in charge of the set design and construction; senior Lydia Kays was the stage manager; Brennan created the programs; senior Jasyn Dailing was in charge of lights and sound; and Cole Lane, Olivia Kays and Tabitha Shively were the backstage crew. The National Honor Society were ushers for the performance and set construction was done by the stagecraft and lighting classes.

"Little Shop of Horrors" will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Little Theater at MHS. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $3. The show is rated PG.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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