The cast and crew of Greensboro Day School's Upper School Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, is preparing for their performances on November 7-10 in the Sloan Theatre. Based on a B-movie comic 1960 horror film by Roger Corman about a plant that needs blood to grow and its hapless owner who finds himself working harder and harder to feed the plant, which makes a Faustian bargain to bring Seymour, the owner, wealth and fame.
The performances for the Green cast are on Thursday, November 7 and Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Gold cast performs on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for MAD (Music Art and Drama Arts Booster Club) members go on sale Friday, October 25 will be available for all on Monday, October 28 at greensboroday.org/tickets
. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Little Shop of Horrors is not scary—call it PG—it’s campy tuneful fun for older elementary and up.
Set and lighting designer Dana Lowell has created a 30-foot turntable set for this year’s production, which rotates to feature the shop interior, the Skid Row street, and a dentist office. The show also features a pretty amazing plant puppet, which grows throughout the show and is animated by Chris Bair ’20 and Calvin Davenport.
The show is being directed and partially choreographed by Ruthie Tutterow, with additional choreography by Denise Johnson, costumes by Kathi Saunders, and musical direction by David Lane.
The student stage managing team is led by Izzy Dover ’21, with Logan Hayes ’23 and Kathleen Whitener ’22 assisting. The show is double-cast. The Green cast features Atticus Head ’20 as Seymour, Kayla Rafkin ’20 as Audrey, Nick Saunders ’20 as Mushnik, and Will Presson ’20 as the voice of Audrey 2. The Gold cast features Wesley Penfield ’22 as Seymour, Tilley Kirkland ’21 as Audrey, Max Criscuolo ’20 as Mushnik, and Simeon Reich ’22 as the Voice of Audrey 2. Additional cast members include Cal Knox ’20 as the evil dentist Orin, and the Doo-Wop backup girl group played by Madelyn Shaw ’21 (Ronnette), Anna Griffin ’23 (Chiffon), Lauren Sar ’21 (Crystal), Anna Brown ’22, Sam Head ’23, and Olivia Gwinnett ’21. The Ensemble includes Amy Iuppa ’22, Josh Hoffman ’22, Marguerite Stanley ’23, and Leah Swanson-Perez ’22.
Little Shop of Horrors has been successful over the years—it went from its original 1982 production to a 1986 movie, a 2003 Broadway production, and currently has revival productions playing in both Los Angeles and New York. We also had a previous production at Greensboro Day School in 1991.