By TENA L. COOK
The theater department at Chadron State College will present the first fall semester production, Little Shop of Horrors, October 7-9 at 7 p.m. and October 10 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hall auditorium. Tickets are required, but they are free and can be reserved in advance at csc.edu/theatre.
In Little Shop of Horrors, sweet floral helper Seymour Krelborn stumbles upon a new breed of plant he names Audrey II after his crush on his colleague. The rude carnivore and R&B singer promises endless fame and fortune for Krelborn as long as he continues to feed him blood. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s alien origins and his intention to rule the world.
Levi O’Dell has said he’s thrilled to be playing Seymour.
“I love interacting with each of the other actors in different ways and helping bring the show to life. There’s a lot going on, especially as Seymour, and it can be hard to remember the notes, the words, the choreography and the blocks all at the same time, ”O’Dell said.
Aubrey Garrett has said that playing Audrey is an awesome role that has allowed her to expand her musical and theatrical abilities.
“Audrey is a really fun character and when mixed in with the rest of this absolutely talented and amazing cast, Audrey is so much fun. One challenge I’ve been faced with is having to do most of my show in heels and figuring out how to make it, which I don’t commonly do, look natural, ”Garrett said.
Cheyenne Bacon will be the voice of Audrey II, represented by a series of four puppets as she grows up.
“I’m excited about the dynamic between the characters. Audrey II and Seymour have a special relationship and it’s fun to play on that. I think one of my big challenges is keeping everything a secret. The director is taking the show in an interesting direction and I can’t wait to see how the audience reacts, ”Bacon said.
Three students, Ashley Jackson, Erin Hayhurst and Rayne Charging Thunder, portray sea urchins similar to a group of singers from the 1960s.
“They dance and sing fantastic three-part harmonies throughout the show. They’re going to blow up the roof, ”said acting director of theatrical performances Michael Susko, who runs the show.
Jackson said she looks forward to playing with Hayhurst and Charging Thunder.
“I feel really lucky to be paired with two strong singers. Our voices blend so well together. The hardest part is remembering our choreography, our harmonies and our lyrics, and putting it all together, ”Jackson said.
Hayhurst said she looks forward to working with her fellow actors.
“I’ve always loved musicals and I think this role incorporates all of my favorite parts of musical theater. The biggest challenge is remembering all of the words, harmonies and choreography from all of our different stages throughout the show, ”said Hayhurst.
Charge Thunder said she looks forward to bringing her character to life in a way that will help bring more depth to the series.
“Being a kid serves a big purpose, and I’m happy to be able to share the experience with Erin and Ashley. It’s so much fun to work with them and they have incredible talent, ”said Charging Thunder.
Jarret Buchholz said he’s thrilled to play many characters ranging from random clients to a sadistic dentist.
“My biggest challenge will be to differentiate each character. Giving them all unique personalities and voices will be a lot of work but also a lot of fun, ”said Buchholz.
Zach Wellnitz has said he plans to expand his acting skills to play the character of Mushnik.
“Since Mushnik is a character I wouldn’t normally play, it turned out to be difficult at times. Since he’s that larger-than-life character and I’ve learned to make a character realistic, it’s been hard to go back and make him this comedic, unrealistic person, ”Wellnitz said.
Little Shop of Horrors, originally a movie in the 1960s, still airs on Broadway, according to Susko.
As part of CSC’s annual Theater Day, approximately 250 high school students from Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado will see the production on October 7. The day also includes sessions taught by CSC students, faculty and theater professionals in stage combat, musical theater, costume and lighting design, character creation, improvisation techniques, and make-up. staging.
Susko resides in New York City and is an award-winning director, choreographer, playwright and educator. His work has taken him around the world staging productions such as Les Misérables and Mary Poppins, Forever Plaid and Godspell.
As a performer, he has appeared on national Broadway tours, European tours, and regional appearances. He has also appeared in films, television shows and commercials.
As an educator, Susko led the drama program at Southern Arkansas University. He also teaches drama writing at ATC Studios in Clifton, New Jersey. Her students went on to perform on Broadway and in national companies such as The Lion King, Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Gigi, Motown, Bring It On, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Rocky. Susko received a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory.
Seymour: Levi O’Dell from Piedmont, SD
Audrey: Aubrey Garrett of Alliance.
Mushnik: Zack Wellnitz from Rushville.
Orin: Jarret Buchholz d’Arnold.
Audrey II: Cheyenne Bacon of Lewellen.
Chiffon: Ashley Jackson of Mitchell.
Ronnette: Rayne charging Gordon thunder.
Crystal: Erin Hayhurst of Scottsbluff.
Brennan Ackerman of Box Elder, SD
Olivia Behrends from Wauneta.
Olivia Freeze from Bridgeport.
Scottsbluff’s Kyeisha Garza.
Reidun Hammer from Dubois, Wyo.
Chris Lidgett from Norfolk.
Isabelle Lucius de Gering.
Lincoln’s Trista Topil.
Halle Smith in Wheatland, Wyoming
Isabella Ashley from Box Elder, SD