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Little Shop of Horrors opens next week

The Musical Theatre Production class has been preparing all semester for the production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical tells the story of mild-mannered floral shop assistant Seymour and how his life changes after he finds a strange plant he names Audrey II. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Additional show times are Nov. 15-16 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. The cast also will put on two special productions for Deanery sixth graders Nov. 18-19. The show is recommended for ages sixth grade and up.

Junior Kieran Kelly plays Seymour and says he has some similarities with his socially awkward character, but there are some areas where he has to stretch himself to portray him well.

“It’s kind of a challenge because he has to be nerdy to a point it’s almost uncomfortable for the audience,” Kieran said. “It’s also hard to get in the mindset of feeding people to a plant,” referring to Audrey II’s thirst for human blood.

Senior Megan Murphy said she can better relate to her character, Audrey, Seymour’s love interest. Her character is very insecure as the show begins, but by the end her sense of self-worth has increased.

“This is my first lead, so I’m not extremely confident,” Megan said. “So along with Audrey, I’m still finding my confidence.”

Senior Luke Rodski has played a variety of different characters on the Providence stage, but his role as Orin, the evil dentist, is one that is by far the most different from his own personality.

“He’s probably one of the most far out characters I have ever played,” Luke said. “He is your stereotypical evil dentist who is always loaded on his own laughing gas. He’s absolutely wild in that regard, so it takes a lot of energy. It can be tiring to run around all crazy like that for a while.”

As far out as that role is, juniors Victor Beeler and Josh Russell portray the same character in different capacities. Josh controls the various-sized puppets that represent Audrey II as the plant grows, and Victor is its voice. With the smaller puppets, Josh is out of sight controlling a hand puppet. By the end, when Audrey II has grown to its full size, he sits inside the plant base on a small chair and opens and shuts its mouth.

“It’s nothing like I’ve ever done before,” Josh said. “Everything about it is a new thing, and so far everything has been challenging. It’s physically difficult to move, and it’s heavy.”

He also has to learn how to match the puppet’s movements to Victor’s words, something he is still working on.

Victor said it is a different experience voicing the character from the sound booth, and he’s learned that the key is “learning to communicate” with Josh so that his voice and Josh’s movements coincide. As for the character itself, he’s having fun portraying the hungry plant.

“I like how almost cocky he is,” Victor said. “It’s fun.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at, by phone at 812-945-2538 x 254, or by email at Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the show. Seating is limited.

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