Watch out for the flesh-eating plant.
The spring musical at Streator High School is sure to elicit laughter. And maybe love, hate, anger, happiness and more.
The school's Drama Club, advised by Rob Tyne, is performing "Little Shop of Horrors," about a nerdy flower-shop employee, Seymour Krelborn, who works with a flesh-eating Venus Fly Trap, and has a crush on his co-worker Audrey. The plant portraying Audrey II, the Venus Fly Trap, is from Indiana.
Little Shop of Horrors is an off-Broadway classic, and was made into a 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
"This production is filled with a dark humor and an eerie presence that will keep the audiences filled with suspense until the final curtain," said lead Gabe Molina, who takes on the role of Seymour.
"He's a very nerdy, 'botanical genius' and is awkward at everything he does," Molina added. "He works in a flower shop in Skid Row, an urban and dirty neighborhood, where he has a huge crush on his coworker, Audrey, and is very protective of her. He is also loyal and works hard for his boss, Mr. Mushnik, since he took Seymour in when he was a kid."
Molina played the lead role in Aladdin Jr. at Engle Lane in Streator when he was 13.
"Because this production is not a children's show, the role is very demanding and requires me to work extra hard on my vocal abilities," Molina said. "Since Streator High School's revival of the drama department, I have mainly been cast as the rude and arrogant character-type. However, for Little Shop, I am finally able to show diversity in my acting skills by playing this role."
Zomnye't Webster plays Audrey, the subject of Seymour's affections.
"She is the opposite of bubbly, not very open with her feelings because she has been through so much that she does not know how to react to a good thing that is happening to her," Webster said. "This character has been a challenge for me because I am a bubbly girl who loves to laugh, while Audrey is scared and unsure about what she deserves in life."
A trio of urchins, called the Skidettes, who live on Skid Row, are the show's storytellers.
"We know the whole time how the story is going to play out," said Skidette Alivia Adkins. "Because we are from the rundown, poverty filled streets of Skid Row, we are hungry for a new life outside of Skid Row. This causes us to be very greedy. We guide Audrey on the path to Seymour and motivate Seymour to get involved with businesses in order for us to make money."
Student Director Chloe Clayton is leading the action for the first time, with 20 people in the cast, including backstage. There are also 17 Streator High School band members playing in the pit.
"As a student director, I felt the accomplishments and the stress that goes with it," Clayton said. "However, it was still an amazing experience. It has been so much fun assistant directing. There is so much hard work being paid off, and I couldn't be happier with my position. Everyone in the cast works so hard to put on their best performance. I am so proud to be apart of such a wonderful production."
WHAT: "Little Shop of Horrors" Musical, presented by Streator High School Drama Club
WHERE: SHS Auditorium
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, April 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21
COST: Adults, $10; Students without ID, $5; Students with ID, Free.