Community High School presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'
The show is directed by CET’s new acting teacher, Quinn Strassel, and performances will be Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m., in the Craft Theater at Community High School, 401 North Division Street.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors (65 and older), and tickets may be purchased in advance at CHS’s main office (cash or check made out to “Community High School”). For the first time, seats are pre-assigned, so get yours soon to ensure a good view. CET’s production takes a non-traditional approach to "Little Shop of Horrors," adding a chorus of beggars, street entertainers, and bums who surround the audience, creating the atmosphere of Skid Row. In fact, this show has attracted more student involvement than any CET show in years, with more than 35 total performers and 20 stage technicians. Strasssel has also chosen to portray Audrey II, the show’s man-eating plant, using a team of live dancers rather than an individual puppet. Despite their unconventional approach, CET is committed to maintaining Little Shop’s traditional blend of wry humor and tenderness. "Shop"'s story involves an unassuming plant store clerk named Seymour who, while harboring a crush on his co-worker, "discovers" a plant that grows to epic proportions and brings fame to both Seymour and the store. But the plant's feeding needs force Seymour to make some unsavory choices. The show's book and lyrics were written by Howard Ashman, and the music by Alan Menken; and the stage musical is based on the film by Roger Corman, with a screenplay by Charles Griffith.