Shady Side Academy Senior School presents the winter student musical Little Shop of Horrors on Feb. 8-10, 2019. Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone at 412-968-3040, or at the door. Note: Some content may not be suitable for children under 12.
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror-comedy-rock musical tale of a nerdy florist who finds his chance for romance and success with the help of a man-eating plant. The show follows the story of Seymour Krelborn after his discovery of a strange and interesting new species of plant, which he names Audrey II. "Two-ey" uses its influence to help Seymour gain the notoriety he has always wanted...for a price. With a colorful cast of characters and rock music, Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960s B-movie of the same name and the Broadway smash hit that was the first collaboration between the award-winning duo of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman of Disney fame.
More than 60 students in grades 9-12 are participating in the cast, crew and orchestra pit of Little Shop of Horrors. Principal roles include senior Koji Shimada as Seymour, sophomore Annabel Everett as Audrey, freshman Braden Crow as Mr. Mushnik, sophomore Jake Rohr as Orin the Dentist, junior Isabella Salvucci as Chiffon, sophomore Charlotte McDaniel as Ronnette, and freshman Sydney Demchak as Crystal.
The other principal character is the Audrey II plant puppet, which is being built from scratch by a dedicated team of students, led by senior Lucie Green, senior Lily Scheele, junior Ava Caron and sophomore Bridget Onest. The students are building four puppets that represent the plant's stages of growth, from a small plant in a 6" pot to a fully-grown plant that is roughly 4' tall, 4' wide and 7' long. Junior Sanjna Narayan is the puppeteer for three of the four plants while junior Max Minard voices the puppets.
Faculty members Dana Hardy-Bingham and Dr. Dan Brill are the show's director and music director, respectively. Staff member Austin Davidheiser is the technical director, set designer and lighting designer. Senior Ariel Rockman is assistant director and dramaturg, alumnus Rori Cain '16 is sound engineer, senior Elise Lehman is choreographer, junior Rose Genstein is stage manager, and sophomore Hannah Romoff and freshman Ariya Tayal are assistant stage managers.
Good luck to the cast and crew!