The Westerville South High School Theatre Department will help residents get in the spirit of Halloween with its production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Westerville South auditorium, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

"I chose the show because it is a wonderful story and the troupe was very excited to produce this classic musical," said Matt Wolfe, director. "It presents tremendous technical and performance challenges for all involved. The story is classic and funny and a great way to usher in the Halloween season."

"Little Shop of Horrors" is a musical by the team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

Based on the film of the same name, the show has entertained generations of theatergoers, Wolfe said.

The story features Seymour Krelbourn, played by senior Bayden Jung, who is a down-on-his-luck protagonist, dreaming about what life would be like free from poverty and heartache.

He fantasizes about living a life with Audrey, played by sophomore Georgia Santino, being adopted by shop owner Mr. Mushnick, played by senior Caleb Jingo, and defeating Audrey's no-good boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, DDS, played by senior Oliver Runyon.

His dreams become reality for a little while when he purchases a strange plant, which he names Audrey II. Senior Tyler Carraway is providing the plant's voice, with junior Josiah Holloway covering the puppeteer duties.

The show is narrated by the Urchins, played by junior Emma Murphy, junior Kandy Boakye and sophomore Sophia Shai and ensemble members senior Lucy Morrison and junior Latifat Suliman.

Jung said the show is about the fight to do what's right over prosperity, even when seemingly impossible benefits lie before you.

Jingo said, the musical is mainly a story about power.

"Through its very fictional and often humorous storytelling, the show demonstrates the extreme positives and negatives that are encountered when one is met with extraordinary abilities or resources," he said. "How a given power is used depends on who possesses it, which is something we see a lot in 'Little Shop.' "

Jingo said people should come to see the show for its iconic music and humor.

"It's a larger-than-life show with great music and amazing visual presentations," Jung said.

Morrison said the show reminds her to never give in to greed or fear.

"It offers comedic sense and the story is truly moving," Santino said.

Accompanied by a small combo band and a strong technical crew, led by Derrick McPeak, Wolfe said, "Little Shop" is a night at the theater not to be missed.

The music director is Emily Kirtland and the pit conductor is Luke Furniss.

Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved online at localevel-events.com (search Little Shop). Tickets also will be sold at the door.

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