T.C. Williams Little Shop of HorrorsBy Cappies • Apr 16th, 2007 • Category: Cappies
A geek with a soft spot for flora and an alien plant with a craving for blood come together in the unforgettably zany Little Shop of Horrors produced by T.C. Williams.
Giant plant, Audrey II (voiced by Kit Connor), Mushnik (Thler Decourt) and Seymour (Ethan Stine)
Little Shop of Horrors the musical was produced in 1982 based on the 1960 black comedy and the popular big screen version debuted in 1986. Both versions follow the fate of the nerdy flower shop assistant Seymour, whose luck turns after he discovers a peculiar new plant named Audrey II, which only feeds on human blood. Seymour’s fame and fortune start to grow along with the plants insatiable appetite. Seymour is faced with a dilemma: how far will he go to maintain his growing popularity and bank account.
The lovable geek Seymour, played by Ethan Stine, buried his hands into his pockets and flashed his endearing grin, stumbling and stammering into the hearts of the audience. Stine portrayed a very realistic character, successfully transitioning from a socially-challenged botanist to a man comfortable in his own skin. Seymour’s love interest, Audrey, a Skid Row woman of misfortune was played by Alina Collins. Her dedicated New York accent complemented her ditzy and kind-hearted demeanor. Stine and Collins shared convincing chemistry together.
Mr. Mushnik’s clipped and demanding manner, played by Tyler DeCourt, towards Seymour takes a 180 degree turn when Seymour’s exotic plant is the only thing keeping the business afloat. He finds his fatherly-love in the number “Mushnik and Son” where he woos Seymour into being his adopted son. Audrey’s abusive boyfriend Orin Scrivello, DDS, played by Theo Tasker, is addicted to laughing gas and terrifying with his dentist’s drill in hand. Tasker’s cocky confidence came across in his radio voice. While some characters fit in awkwardly, DeCourt and Tasker’s characters and commanding stage presence added to the madcap feel of the play.
Theo Tasker as Orin Scrivello, DDS
Kit Conner voiced Audrey II, the alien plant with an unquenchable thirst for blood. Conner’s deep, rumbling voice added dimension to the giant green plant, especially during his signature song “Feed Me.”
Student Beth Wherry directed the entire show. From casting to opening night, Wherry worked toward her fun vision of Little Shop of Horrors. Sound and lights, the most difficult technical aspects, where commendably executed by Tony Aguirre and Amy Milyko.
T.C. Williams’s delightfully wacky Little Shop of Horrors left the audience with the important moral about temptation and greed, “Don’t feed the plant!”
Reviewed by Kate McGinnis of Chantilly High School.
This review was written by a Cappies high school critic. The Cappies were founded in 1999, for the purpose of celebrating high school theater arts and providing a learning opportunity for theater and journalism students. You can learn more at cappies.com.
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