Sing until you scream

Theatre's first musical, "Little Shop of Horrors"

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Last week, our first musical “Little Shop of Horrors” was brought to the stage. When the curtains opened to the unique set, the audience anxiously awaited the first note. The opening song began and the set came to life in a flurry of music and movement.

The musical was a great success with incredible singing and amazing costumes. The acting was superb, and you could tell everyone worked hard to make this show everything it was talked up to be.

In the concession stands, those who attended the shows were able to purchase a souvenir figure of Audrey 2 for $5. Each of the figures were nicely detailed and handmade.

During the intermissions, there was an auction in which audience members could bid on photos of the cast, as well as a poster of the musical signed by everyone who worked on the show.

“I love being in musicals, and this was my first lead role ever, it was really invigorating,” junior Claudia Guerra said. “For the first musical that Glenn has done, I think we did really well.”

The decision to keep in the controversial character known as the Dentist added to the tension on stage. Although it’s difficult to see from the audience, not everything was as simple as it appeared.

“My death scene was probably the most difficult part because I had just mastered being able to tear up and cry two days before the show,” Guerra said. “Not only that, the choreography changed. Originally, I was supposed to be carried and put in backwards and slide down, but that wasn’t working so it had to change. When it did I then had to awkwardly stand up as they walked me over and pushed me in [the plant].”

Not only were there difficult parts to act out, there were also a few difficulties on the technical side of show. A production isn’t just actors and costumes, there are people behind the scenes working lights and music. Miscommunications are common between the cast and crew and often cause complications.

“There were a few technical rough patches during some of the shows but nothing too noticable,” sophomore Ryleigh Baker said. “I wish there was a little more communication between the actors and the tech crew. There was a few bumps in the road that could’ve been smoothed over a lot quicker if that happened.”

The show was a great success with little to no visual mistakes or mess-ups. Not only were the leads astounding, the background characters did a good job of making the set feel real and made the show come to life.

“I’ve been doing musical theatre since fifth grade, so I’ve kind of grown up with it and I never want to stop doing it,” Baker said. “I love the show dearly. It is one of my all time favorite shows and has a spot close to my heart— I was so happy to be a part of it.”