A man-eating plant, or at least a large puppet representing one, plays a prominent role in this year's spring musical by the Marysville High School Drama Club.
Students will present Little Shop of Horrors, an off-Broadway musical comedy that focuses on a love triangle between two Skid Row flower shop workers and the plant.
Little Shop of Horrors will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the auditorium at the high school, 800 Amrine Mill Road.
Music vocal teacher Libby Hainrihar and language arts teacher Lois Everitt are co-directing the production.
"It is just such a fun show. The music is great, the storyline is hilarious and original, and the idea of making a plant come to life was intriguing to us," Hainrihar said.
Junior Nick Damon voices "The Plant," known as Audrey II. Damon, who previously performed in three musicals and two plays at the high school, said this part is difficult.
"This voice is different. It's not my normal speaking or singing voice, so it strains my voice. But it's worth it for the play," he said.
Damon voices the plant from the auditorium's orchestra pit, which gives him a prime view of the stage.
"So I get to watch the whole thing. It's really enjoyable," Damon said.
About 40 students are participating in the play as cast and crew members.
"It has been a collaborative effort. Art students have helped with painting, the AV Club is helping out with the lights and sound, and parent and student volunteers have spent countless hours on the set," Hainrihar said.
The cast includes: freshman Ethan Pugh as Seymour Krelborn, senior Katherine Rogers as Audrey Fulquard, senior Cameron Wheeler as Mr. Mushnik, junior Blake Knepper as Orin Scrivello (better known as the dentist) and senior Pearson McKenzie as the puppeteer.
Auditions were held in mid-February, and rehearsals began the following week, Hainrihar said.
This is Hainrihar's first year with the Marysville school district. She took over as choir teacher when Mike Robertson left the high school to serve as assistant principal at Bunsold Middle School.
"I'm so glad to be here working with these amazing young people. Lois has been working with the plays here at MHS for two years, and the middle school before that," Hainrihar said.
Damon said he's excited about the production.
"This is the first small cast show I've been a part of. It's really unique. I eat a lot of the main characters," he said with a chuckle.
"It's a lot of fun. It's colorful and funny," Damon said. "I definitely think it can be appreciated by all ages."
The musical is sure to make an impression on the audience, according to Hainrihar.
"The entire show centers around a plant who eats people, so you can imagine that would create some exciting scenes" she said. "Also be on the lookout for a dentist unlike any our audience has ever visited."
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students. The Drama Club funds the play through ticket sales and advertisements in the show program.