Students presenting first Broadway musical

BEEKMANTOWN - As the Beekmantown High School Drama Club has learned, if you can't bring Beekmantown to Broadway, bring Broadway to Beekmantown.

The drama club is presenting "Little Shop of Horrors," nightly through Sunday, Feb. 1. This is the first time the club has performed a Broadway musical.

Senior Nathan J. Bull, who serves as club's student producer, said the cast and crew of about 30 students has been working around the clock in recent weeks to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

"We've been rehearsing every night. It's definitely been a huge jump in the commitment level," said Bull, who has participated in school productions since his freshman year. "We're excited."

The process to get Little Shop of Horrors from a notion to the stage has been in the works since it was decided on last June, said Bull. Auditions were held in September, which involved coordinating with student advisors Judith Fallon and Karin Ryan.

Having been involved with the drama club's last two smaller productions - "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist" and "Don't Rock the Boat" - Bull said there is a "huge, huge difference" in the amount of work that goes into putting on a Broadway musical.

"It involves more students, which is a good thing, and a whole other array of talent that the school and students offer," he said. "It's more technologically-advanced. The set design is more detailed because you have to follow certain guidelines when you buy the rights given of a show. You have to present it at its highest potential."

Little Shop of Horrors is a rock musical written by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, made famous by the 1986 motion picture production of the same name starring Rick Moranis. In addition to his role as a producer, Bull has the lead role as Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a plant named Audrey II which feeds on human blood.

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