What musical production has narrators singing do-wop, a flesh-eating plant, a star-crossed romance and a sadistic dentist? That would be "Little Shop of Horrors," which is to be staged this weekend at Carey High School.
The setting for the story is a run-down, "Skid Row" floral shop in the 1950s. The owner, Mr. Mushnick, has two overworked employees, the nerdy Seymour and Audrey, a young woman with "a past." Cast in these roles are Devon Huffman, Levi Hill and Jessica Wyatt, respectively.
The foster son of Mushnick, Seymour also is in love with Audrey, but she is dating an abusive man, Orin, played by Ben Kromer. Audrey fears what Orin might do to her if she broke up with him.
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After a radio interview, Seymour (Levi Hill) carries Audrey II to meet Mr. Mushnick (Devon Huffman) and the do-wop singers.
A ballet dramatizes her vision of an idyllic life in the suburbs with Seymour as she sings "Somewhere That's Green."
Seymour also would like to break away from his dead-end existence, but he feels obligated to stay with the man who rescued him from a home for boys and put him to work in the shop.
Serving as narrators are six singing women, Taylor Fletcher, Serenity Hooper, Mackenzie Stover, Sarah Goble, Sadie Vaughn and Allison Keller. They deliver the title song and take on various roles in the play.
If you go
Performances of "Little Shop of Horrors" are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Carey High School.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.
For more details or reservations, call the school at (419) 396-7638.
The action heats up with Seymour's discovery of a mysterious plant he buys from a street vendor and nurtures at the shop. Placed in the front window, the unusual specimen draws attention from passers-by. Many of them actually come into the store and buy flowers, which pleases the owner.
Seymour names the plant Audrey II because he cannot identify it from any references. Even though Seymour has cared for it, the plant keeps wilting for no obvious reason.
After Seymour sings "Grow For Me," he pricks his finger on some rose thorns. Audrey II immediately perks up at the bleeding finger, and Seymour reluctantly gives the plant a few drops of blood before leaving the shop.
During the next few days, he comes to work with bandaged fingers, and the plant begins a growth spurt. Word spreads and Seymour becomes a local celebrity. Mushnick decides he should adopt Seymour and share in the wealth the young man might generate.
On his part, Seymour believes Mushnick is sincere and credits Audrey II with his good fortune.
The "Dentist" scene is loaded with horror and humor as Orin reveals his obsession with his profession. When Orin stops at the floral shop to pick up Audrey, the plant takes a special liking to him.
To Seymour's amazement, Audrey II starts talking and demanding, "Feed me." She persuades Seymour to find a way to get fresh blood for her. He eventually resorts to murder to keep himself from becoming dinner for the voracious carnivore.
Jackie Fletcher voices the plant and Jacob Goble handles the puppetry.
Another highlight from the show is "Suddenly Seymour" in which Audrey realizes Seymour's good qualities; however, the audience does not get a typical happy ending from this fable.
The story seeks to illustrate the dangers of dishonesty, greed and violence. These can escalate, evolve into evil and engulf one's life.
Peter Cole is the voice of the narrator. Students in minor roles include Laila Gernert, Miranda Conley, Aubrie Fletcher, Evan Hyatt, Anthony Driggers, Chase Wagner, Jack Yeater, Lily Arredondo, Baylee Kilgore and Ashlynn Caudill.
In addition to those named previously, the chorus includes Joanna Worst, Carlie Coppler, Diana Nordyke, Christian Stewart, Dakota Conley, Julia Allison, Brionna Imhoff, Uriel Garcia, Aaron Vantrease, Ally Ruehle, Jaylyn Gardner and Brianna Woldrich.