Feed me! ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ quenches audience appetite

GEORGETOWN – Applause and standing ovations were audience responses to the Sussex Central High School Take Two Drama Club’s presentation of The Little Shop of Horrors, a classic horror-musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menke.

Shows were staged Friday night with afternoon matinee and evening shows Saturday. The production was staged with special permission by Music Theatre International.

Little Shop of Horrors is the story about Seymour (played by Sam McCloskey), a lonely clerk in a florist shop, and his love for Audrey (Abbey Ruark), a troubled floozy, and Audrey II, a man-eating alien plant whose two favorite words seemingly are “Feed Me!”

The cast also featured Kaitlyn Nusz (Chiffon), Blair Williams (Crystal) and Rowan Reusing (Ronette), D.J. Sturgis as florist shop owner Mr. Mushnik, Jake Ward (tough-guy dentist and, once eaten Big Audrey II), Patricia Diaz (Mrs. Luce/Audrey II-first voice), Dylan Thompson (Audrey II manipulation), Sarah Aleman (interviewer/bum/others) and Dawson Hittle (customer/bum/walker/others).

In the works since September, the production was completely directed by junior Elizabeth Holz – a first for a school musical at Sussex Central. She also was production choreographer.

Set designer was Hannah Bellistri.

Matthew Wattenmaker was musical director. David Warick is the Take Two Drama Club advisor.

Crew members

Owen Buttridge, Joseph Mangin, Matthew Callio, R.J. Encarnacion, Taylor Messick, Lauren Walker, Victoria Blankenship, Tanaye Purnell, James Givens, Nicole McDuffie, Tori McCray, Kimberly Diaz-Hanzer, Travis Moose and Tina Witke.

Take Two Drama Club

The Take Two Drama Club is an independent, non-profit club and drama boosters’ organization that supports the production of plays and musicals for the students of Sussex Central High School and the surrounding communities.

All proceeds go directly back into the production of future shows and to supporting students of Sussex Central in studying and creating theater.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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