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J.E.B Stuart High School Little Shop of Horrors

By • Mar 30th, 2009 • Category: Cappies

If you could have everything you ever wanted: fame, fortune or maybe that cute coworker you’ve been crushing on for a while, to what lengths would you go to achieve those dreams? This is the moral dilemma characterized in the hit musical Little Shop of Horrors.

With Music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, this musical is the highest grossing off-Broadway show of all time. Based on the cult classic film, Little Shop of Horrors is set in a skid-row floral shop owned by the forlorn Ms. Mushnik (Becca Pearlstein). Orphan Seymour Krelborne (Teddy Cameron) works for Ms. Mushnik in their rundown shop with the lovable Audrey (Emma Earnest), who has a very unlovable sadistic dentist boyfriend (Soham Banerjee). Everything changes for Seymour when an exotic plant brings him fame and fortune but at what cost?

Cameron was endearing as Seymour. His vocals were spot-on, never once breaking character. Earnest was heartbreakingly adorable as Audrey. Her meek demeanor was priceless and her soprano vocals were chilling. Their chemistry was convincing especially during the show stopping number “Suddenly Seymour.” Mushnik’s Pearlstein brought a proper attitude to her character which made her strictly business character believable. Pearlstein and Cameron were a riot during the song “Mushnik and Son.”

With the most stage time, the street urchins Khanh Hong (Crystal), Mariana Barbosa (Chiffon), and Anne Dutilh (Ronette), were chicks with high attitude and sass and great individual voices. Jon Dehart as the voice of Audrey II provided excellent vocals. The puppet of Audrey II, operated by Jamie Ahlborn and Niusha Nawab, was executed well. The sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello D.D.S. portrayed by Banerjee was wonderfully comedic despite his malicious role especially during his songs “Dentist!” and “Now (It’s Just the Gas).” A notable cameo was that of the drunk Snip portrayed by Spencer Cesar.

Frank Blackmore‘s set was effective although not fully utilized by the actors and sometimes blocking was confusing.

With spring upon us and cherry blossoms blooming in D.C. it won’t be uncommon to see many plants spouting up around us. But as J.E.B Stuart High School’s cast of Little Shop of Horrors warns in their final number, “Don’t Feed the Plants!”

by Steven Einhorn of Robert E. Lee High School

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