March 28, 2006 > Irvington High School opens a 'Little Shop of Horrors'
Irvington High School opens a 'Little Shop of Horrors'
by Susana Nuñez
In a part of town where the good life seems out of reach, a floral assistant sees his ticket to fame and fortune in the form of an unusual plant with an odd craving. Seymour has worked in Mushnik's Flower Shop since he was a young boy. With no family to call his own, the down and out shop has become a home for him. However, shop owner Mushnik begins to lose hope in his deserted shop and threatens to close it for good. Seeing no other way out, Mushnik and Seymour leave the fate of the shop in the "hands" of Audrey II, a strange plant Seymour discovers on a day out in Skid Row.
Irvington High School's Conservatory Theatre is proud to present their production of the Little Shop of Horrors. This 1986 musical is based on a low-budget horror flick from 1960 and stands as one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time. Sponsored by Ohlone College, this light-hearted musical pokes fun at the popular science fiction films of the 1950s. The Conservatory Theatre did an exceptional job interpreting this amusing tale under the guidance of Artistic Director Linda Jackson-Whitmore.
The lively characters no doubt helped make the Little Shop of Horrors an opening night success. Evan Boomer stars as the na•ve Seymour who falls victim to Audrey II's requests by quenching her thirst for blood, while the disillusioned shop owner Mushnik is cleverly played by Jordan Aragon. A young girl who sees no escape from the Skid Row life, Michelle Foletta stars as Audrey, Seymour's love. However, the shy and kind-hearted Seymour seems to be no match for Audrey's rowdy boyfriend Orin (Brian Estrada). His ill treatment of Audrey is what finally pushes Seymour to give in to his growing plant's desires.
A musical that promises fun for the whole family, Little Shop of Horrors is not to be missed. Performances are scheduled for March 31, April 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m., and April 2 and 9 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: general admission, $14; students with ASB, $12; seniors, children 10 and under, and military, $10. You can purchase tickets online at www.irvington.org. For more information, call (510) 656-5711 ext. 46423.
Irvington Conservatory Theatre
41800 Blacow Rd