SHS presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

Starkville High School students will present their spring musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the SHS auditorium. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Starkville High School will present its spring musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," throughout the weekend.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, all at the SHS auditorium. General admission for the musical will be $7.

"It's a dark comedy that takes place in the 60’s in a rough part of New York called Skid Row, where a guy named Seymour discovers a strange plant that changes his life and makes him famous, but at a scary cost," general director and SHS theatre teacher Trisha Pate said.

Pate said this performance will be a nod to previous SHS theatre teacher Paula Mabry and the students who performed this show over two decades ago.

"What is significant about this show, is 'Little Shop of Horrors' was the first show ever done by the Starkville High School theatre department in 1990," Pate said. "So it's been 28 years, and we invited the original cast to come see the show on Saturday night."

Musical director and SHS choir teacher Jordan Dobbins said her favorite part of “Little Shop of Horrors” is getting to work with all the different students involved in the production, from the SHS Thespian Troupe, choir students, and many students who have never performed before.

Senior Noah Knox will play the role of Seymour, sophomore Elizabeth Balzli will play Audrey, sophomore Jaylon Ashford will play Mr. Mushnik and freshman Sicily Brocto will play Audrey II and the plant.

"The immense talent these kids have is awesome," Dobbins said. "Sicily is a freshman, and that's always a risk when you cast someone who hasn't done this before, but she's been awesome. And Elizabeth is a sophomore, and of course Noah is a senior. Usually you'd think it would all be seniors, but that's not how this show was cast at all, and it has been incredible."

Senior student and technical director Samyah Hollingshed said this is her first year working as the technical director, and she has worked her way up the ladder from backstage work her freshman year, to stage manager her sophomore year to technical director now.

"I work in the light booth and work with the light and sound operators to make the show come to life," Hollingshed said.

Hollingshed said she has enjoyed working behind-the-scenes on "Little Shop of Horrors" because it is the first comedy the SHS theatre has performed since she's been a student, making it different from others she has been involved with.

Pate said "Little Shop of Horrors" is a well-known musical that has appeared on Broadway and was turned into a movie in the 1980's.

"It is not a normal show, and it pushes some boundaries," Pate said.