WARRENSBURG - It's that time of year again that local high school students - no less than 65 of them - will be showcasing their talents in the upcoming school drama production of the acclaimed musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors."
The production is to be presented Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 in the Warrensburg High School auditorium. All three nightly shows are at 7:30 p.m.
The show is a musical comedy that follows the exploits of a young florist's assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. The result is an award-winning farce punctuated with mayhem - and spiced with plenty of memorable song and dance routines.
Over the past 12 years, Warrensburg's drama productions, under the auspices of Warrensburg High School choral instructor Jim Corriveau, have been acclaimed regionally for their dramatic substance, athletic dancing, powerful singing and compelling scores.
This year is no exception, school officials and cast members said Monday during a rehearsal. Corriveau was bounding onto stage Monday, gesturing as he urged the drama students to bring various characters to life with a compelling emotional intensity.
"Do it over the top," Corriveau proclaimed to Mike Curtis, who plays a sadistic dentist in the comedy. "Don't take your gestures halfway."
WCS Senior Marissa Perrone, who's been in five of Corriveau's productions, watched the action.
"There's never a dull moment working with Mr. Corriveau," she said. "He makes us all work to the best of our abilities."
Senior drama student Molly-Kate Webster watched Corriveau lurch and throw up his arms while sporting a crazed expression.
"Working with Mr. Corriveau is not only hilarious, it's amazing," she said. "He's committed to the best production possible, and if he yells at you, it's because he cares."
Underscoring Corriveau's commitment and high standards is the fact that highly skilled professional musicians annually accompany his shows.
This year, the school musical has a live pit ensemble consisting of the Charles Cornell Jazz Trio, with guests Lake George alumnus Adam York on saxophone and WCS music teacher Jeff Lyons on guitar.
The shows feature reserved seating. Call 623-2861 ext. 211 for tickets - adults: $7, students and seniors, $5.