Willsboro Central School student actors get ready for their fall performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Chiffon - Lizzie Daly
Crystal - Mikaela Salem
Ronnette - Sherika Pulsifer
Chanel - Taressa Lacey
Mr. Mushnik - Connor Sheehan
Audrey - Laura Klein
Seymour - Austin Ferris
Orin, Bernstein, Snip, Luce - Max Longware
Audrey II (Voice) - Mat Longware
Ensemble: Makayla Anson, Kaitlyn Arthur, Margaret Frechette, Ethan Leibeck, Stephen Leibeck, Mackenzie Martin, Erinn Walker, Jenna Ford, Olivia Politi
Director / Choreographer / Puppeteer - Derrick A. Hopkins
Music Director - Jennifer Moore
Stage Manager - Annie-Laurie Lemieux
Willsboro Skid row, doo wop and a blood thirsty plant from outer space take over the Willsboro Central School (WCS) stage to bring the comedic musical “Little Shop of Horrors (LSH),”to life.
The play is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time. Senior Austin Ferris stars as Seymour, a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. The plant, named Audrey II, is brought to life by the voice of Mat Longware and the puppettering of play director and teacher, Derrick A. Hopkins.
The play follows as Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite for human flesh.
Longware said the puppets are going to be real fun for the audience to see. The four Audrey II puppets are on loan from Character Translations, Inc., based in Norristown, Penn.
“The puppets go from small to huge. There smallest potted plant, the next is a little larger, then there is one I have to sit in to control and the ‘big momma,’ as we call it, I have to stand in to control,” Hopkins said.
Audience will be drawn in from the flashy costumes, exciting musical scores, fantastic performances of the student actors and the orchestra and of course the tongue-in-cheek comedy, Hopkins said.