By Olivia S. ’19
“A man-eating plant?” is what many were thinking before seeing “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Lancaster Country Day School stage last weekend. Before the production on Friday, I had watched the movie multiple times and seen the TV show. I can honestly say that this was one of the best versions I have seen yet.
The story starts with the urchins (Maddie P. ’17, Emma S. and Elliot R. ’16) narrating the scene. Later, the chorus joins them on the stage and describes in song the dump that is Skid Row. Not only did the vocals and live band sound amazing, but I was fascinated with the puppetry used in the production.
Near the beginning of the show, geeky florist Seymour (Paidin A. ’16) is holding a small, eerily reptilian plant which he created and named Audrey II, out of his unrequited love for Audrey (I). Played brilliantly by Bailey M. ’16, Audrey is a kind and beautiful shop clerk with very questionable taste in men.
As the show progresses, Audrey II grows, fast.
I was truly amazed by the plant’s second appearance. Audrey II was almost as big as the main set, and its creeping tendrils were filled with the legs of Delphi A. ’18. While she and Paul P.’16 brought the largest plant to life with movement, Mr. Bostock provided Audrey II’s wonderful singing voice and a deep, dreadful speaking voice too.
The last and largest version of Audrey II is difficult to describe. It was a gigantic plant that truly ate people. I honestly was not expecting the characters to be able to be eaten on stage, but they pleasantly surprised me.
Andrew S. ’17 kept me laughing the entire time as Audrey’s boyfriend Orin, an abusive, lunatic dentist. He did an excellent job of portraying the comical wackiness of his character and the musical itself, while also showing just how awful and abusive he is to Audrey. I was also impressed with how well Bailey spoke in Audrey’s famously thick accent, even maintaining it through her musical numbers.
Everything about the production showed that the cast and crew were dedicated to every detail, from the rotating set that doubled as the flower shop interior and Skid Row sidewalk, to sophomore Sam W.’s wobbly drunkard’s gait. Mrs. Woodbridge’s work with the music and the pit musicians clearly paid off and she deserves credit for helping making the show as rich an experience as it was. Ms. Wolanin did a wonderful job of directing and producing “Little Shop of Horrors,” and together she and her students truly brought the story to life.