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M-P Drama presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The cast of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ - Courtesy photo.
The cast of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’
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MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club is presenting the Broadway and off-Broadway hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors” in the M-PHS auditorium on the Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of April 24, 25 and 26, as well as May 1, 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The show centers around a poor young man named Seymour Krelbourn, who works at a run-down flower shop on Skid Row and obtains a mysterious alien plant. When he brings the plant to the store, everyone’s lives start changing for the better at first, until Seymour discovers that his plant has a demanding taste for a different kind of plant food, and that the plant can talk to him. Together, Seymour and the plant hatch a plan, which backfires badly for Seymour, and even worse for the audience.

This show was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the musical duo responsible for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Due to the nature of the show, it may not be suitable for smaller children, unlike the duo’s other works.

The cast for this show offers a mix of Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell students, including Sebastian LaRocque as Seymour, Hanna Rudd as Audrey, David Brown as Orin, Atrayu Sweet as Mushnik, Raven Paull as Audrey II, Sheridan Hedman as Chiffon, Sage Fairbanks as Crystal and Jessica Hamilton as Ronnette. Also featured are students Lexi Garner, Kenna Goodwin, Chloe Larsen, Lauray Koty, Elizabeth Price, Maigan Theders and Alec Sollars. Kiera Sorensen is serving as the stage manager, and even more students make up the stage crew. The show is assistant-directed by Fairbanks, who is also serving as its vocal director, along with Hedman.

The orchestra is led by Fifth Avenue Theatre Award-winning conductor and M-P teacher Brian Kesler, with fellow M-P teacher Dale Ayotte on keyboards, and is made up of more than 15 M-P and MG students, many from M-P’s award-winning band led by director John Rants. Fifth Avenue Theater Award-nominated M-P teacher Roy Klementsen is the show’s director. Tickets will be available at the door, priced at $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Doors will open by 7 p.m. each night for the 7:30 p.m. showtimes.

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