Brashear High School hopes to thrill audiences in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Cass Wilkes is a senior at Carrick High School, but she’s been spending a lot of time this spring at Brashear High School.
Her school doesn’t have a spring musical. So she auditioned for Brashear’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” a science-fiction, horror mashup with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school.
“My boyfriend goes to Brashear and told me about the musical and suggested I audition,” Wilkes, who plays Crystal, part of a trio, said before Thursday’s opening night. “I’m glad I did because I have made some good friends. Everyone has been so nice. I love being part of this musical and working with the two other girls in the trio. I have made many new friends here.”
She said it’s not about the role you have but what you make of the role.
“I am excited for the show and also know the last night will be emotional because I will have to say goodbye to everyone,” she said. “We have put so much work into this. Saturday night will be emotional for me.”
It will be a moving night for Brashear senior Dom Masciola. He plays the role of Seymour and has been involved in theater his entire high school career.
He wanted the part of Seymour because he’s “a nerdy person and the vocals are in his range.” His costume consists of a short-sleeved button down shirt, cardigan sweater, high-waisted pants, dress shoes and some crazy socks.
The students have been rehearsing since November. There are 40 involved in the production, including the cast, orchestra and stage crew, who worked with director Kaitlyn Schmidt’s father Ken Schmidt to construct the set.
Tickets are $5.
“Being part of theater is important because students learn about commitment and the importance of being organized,” said Kaitlyn Schmidt, a Brashear alum. “They also have to learn to prioritize their time. They see how they can be successful when they have a team effort. This is a great group of actors and actresses who have devoted a lot of their time to this show. Everyone knows the importance and significance of their part.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .