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30Apr

Little Shop of Horrors @ Rancocas Valley Regional High School

Rancocas Valley Regional High School transported audiences to 'Somewhere That's Green' with their production of "Little Shop of Horrors!" This performance showcased the creativity and talent of its students, bringing the fictional horror story to life on their stage.

"Little Shop of Horrors," featuring music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, first landed on the Off-Broadway stage in 1982 and ran for five years before making its Broadway debut in 2003. Influenced by rock and roll, Motown, and the sounds of the 1960s, the show was adapted into a film in 1986, capturing a wider audience over the next few decades. The story follows an awkward florist--Seymour Krelbourn--who raises a deadly new breed of Venus Flytraps, all while expressing his love for his co-worker, Audrey. 

The Red Devil Dramatics' performance was anchored by their creative set designs and the innovative placement of Audrey II’s voice actress. Creativity shone through in the different layers of the set—the fire pole and the stairs—which the cast utilized, making sure to use the entire stage when performing. The unique decision to place Audrey II’s voice actress (Paris Ford) at the front of the stage, surrounded by vines and a tree stump garden chair, brought a creative aspect to the show, capturing the audience’s attention whenever she appeared.

JT Mozes (Seymour) excelled in portraying physical manifestations of anxiety, which not only highlighted his character's traits but also enhanced his comedic personality; he appeared awkward and uncomfortable throughout the show. Arianna Alvarez (Audrey) and Mozes exhibited strong chemistry throughout the musical, showcasing the love and connection their characters shared.

Mr. Mushnik, played by Bradley Fowler, impressed with his strong and humorous voice, consistently earning laughs from the crowd. Audrey II underwent significant character development by the show's end, and Ford skillfully displayed this transformation. Her voice was beautiful, and her style perfectly suited the character.

The stage crew performed phenomenally in terms of set, makeup, hair, and costumes. The set, as mentioned previously, featured different levels for the actors. The little details, such as the use of blood on the dentist's wall, the sign changes, and the vines along the stage, added depth to the scene, reaffirming the story behind the musical. The Urchins’ hair and makeup, as well as Audrey II’s costume, were strikingly beautiful and stood out, supporting the idea that these characters were distinct from the rest.

Overall, Rancocas Valley Regional High School’s rendition of “Little Shop of Horrors” was a uniquely creative experience. The audience no longer needs to say ‘Feed me, Seymour,’ as they were satisfied by this production. 

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season

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