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'Little Shop of Horrors' coming to Mt. Pleasant Area stage

| Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Cast members for Mt. Pleasant’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” include (from left) Katlyn Jordan, 15, Josh Kinneer, 16, Taylor Bradley, 17, and Ben Pimental, 16.
Practicing one of their songs are cast members (from left) Jenna Toohey, 13, Breanna Wallbaum, 18, Katlyn Jordan, 15, and Haley Feltes, 18.

It's campy, it's fun, it's entertaining and it's definitely different.

It's the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” and it will be performed by the student drama club of the Mt. Pleasant Area High School on Friday and Saturday.

Centering on hapless Seymour Krelborn, a florist employed in Mushnik's floral shop, the story tells the tale of Seymour's plant, a unique plant that he soon discovers thrives on human flesh and blood.

Secretly in love with Audrey, a young “stylish” girl from the shop, Seymour calls his plant Audrey II, and as she “feeds,” she grows.

Co-director Rich Bair said that he saw the show staged at a neighboring high school and was impressed with the performance.

“I went around to see other shows, and I saw ‘Little Shop of Horrors' at Albert Gallatin,” Bair said of the show that was staged last March at the school. “I liked what I saw. I liked the kids in it and what they did with it and how it was performed.”

The show is a fun tongue-in-cheek-type production, with dark humor and wit adding to a great musical selection that features several songs fashioned in old rock 'n' roll, doo-wop and classic Motown.

“It's a dark comedy, but it's funny,” Bair said. “I'm sure that adults will get the humor of it.”

The lead role of Audrey will be played by Taylor Bradley, 17, who is performing in her first starring role.

“I am really excited and really nervous,” Bradley said, adding that at her first audition for the show “The Sting” she was so nervous that she cried. “I've come a long way.”

Bradley said that she is enjoying the cast and the production experience and is pleased to have a group of veteran actors with her in the show.

“Everyone is really talented in this show,” Bradley said. “They have made it all so easy for me.”

This will be only the second musical that Mt. Pleasant has staged in the past 30 years.

Last year, the students presented “Grease” and enjoyed great support from parents, family and friends and the community.

“We learned a lot from Grease,” Bair said of he and co-director Barbara Rolla's debut as directors of a musical production at the school. The pair had directed a few plays before their foray into the musical performances and choose “Grease” for its familiarity. “This is a different type show altogether that we are trying this year.”

Although the show is a comedy and a musical, Bair said that its for more of a PG-type audience and not for small children.

Also new to the musical this year will be the addition of live music, as a pit will be added.

“I wanted to try it this year and hopefully, this will be something that we can then have every year,” Bair said of the musicians.

With the students having to miss several rehearsals because of inclement weather, Bair said that they will still be ready for opening night as the young thespians have all stepped up to the plate.

“I think that they realize they have to do this and they seem to be working even harder to get it all done,” Bair said. “The time crunch is making them try harder, and that's a great thing to see.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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