George Mason High School Little Shop of HorrorsBy Cappies • Nov 24th, 2009 • Category: Cappies
Red lights and smoke — the deserted street of this slum is eerily empty when Satan reveals himself and begins to tell this tale, before he disappears into the night and leaves the audience foreshadowed by his chilling words.
From there, Skid Row’s empty streets fill with people, and the show’s story commences. Seymour, working hard at a struggling flower shop on Skid Row with an unappreciative boss, finds hope in the woman that he loves, Audrey. In an attempt to win her heart, he unveils a mysterious and unidentified plant to the flower shop. When he discovers the plant’s horrifying secret, he abandons his morals in an attempt to prove his devotion to Audrey.
Sam Waters, who tackled the role of Seymour, remained dedicated to his character throughout the entirety of the production. He constantly communicated Seymour’s awkward demeanor physically and in his speech, and his struggle to win Audrey’s heart was eminent in the moments he shared with her onstage. Audrey as well, played by Sarah Johnson, remained a very developed and dynamic character until the moment of her death. Johnson also managed to uphold a highly developed accent which she maintained even during her musical numbers. Both actors vocally displayed wide singing ranges, and sang with confidence in every song.
Katie Loftur-Thun vocally undertook the role of Audrey II, and while she never made a physical appearance onstage, she clearly exhibited a wide range of emotions for her character. Mr. Mushnik, played by Tom Shapiro, remained an embittered old man throughout the entire production, showing his dedication to his character’s demeanor. Dr. Orin Scrivello, played by Rand Walter, also remained dynamic and served as the show’s comic relief. Miles Butler as Satan made frequent appearances on stage portraying his character with zeal.
The Doo-Wop Girls sang in powerful harmony during each of their songs. The show had its own Little Shop of Horrors Rock Band, which constantly produced fantastic accompaniment for its singers. The ensemble as a whole, while at times was somewhat distracting, also sang passionately during each of its songs. They kept enthusiasm in their final song as they traveled into the aisles of the auditorium to interact with the audience.
The set and props for this show were very exciting. The set was intricately designed and included a raised platform for the flower shop, a ladder on which many actors climbed, and neon lights. The props were equally as entertaining, including Audrey II at each stage of her growth–a great physical representation of an inhuman character. In addition lighting and sound were completed effectively, and the set changes for this show included an advanced curtain drop in the middle of the stage, executed very well.
George Mason High School’s production of Little Shop of Horrors proved to be an entertaining show in its entirety, and all of its participants helped create the theatrical allure of their own “Skid Row.”
by Maddy Thomas of Osbourn High School
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