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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ takes root and blooms on NSCD stage March 7-9

“Little Shop of Horrors” will bring the laughs and oddities to the auditorium of North Shore Country Day this weekend.

The fun and funny show (appropriate for grades 6 and above) will probably be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, at North Shore Country Day, 310 Green Bay Road in Winnetka. Tickets for the show, which could be purchased online, are $10 for adults and $5 for college students and alumni.

The production — led by upper school theater teacher and performing arts department head Julia Macholl and technical theater director Austin Gruber — follows Seymour Krelborn, a floral assistant, as he begins to feed an unusual plant he names “Audrey II.”

As Krelborn’s luck would have it, Audrey II has other plans, which include a sinister plot to take over the world.

In accordance with the discharge, the show’s production team has worked hard to bring the show to life amid some challenges, like an auditorium that was not built to carry a stage.

NSCD’s Noah Youderian (far left), as Seymour, shows off a young but strange latest plant, Audrey II.

One other challenge was the necessity to work with crew members latest to theater.

“That is a possibility for college students to meet one in every of their theater requirements,” Gruber said in a faculty press release. “Anybody can enroll, no matter skill level. A whole lot of kids will are available in here having never touched an influence tool before, they usually leave constructing a whole set that’s functional and moves and that individuals walk on.”

The staff and crew also needed to determine “tips on how to bring a carnivorous alien plant to life,” the discharge says. The young plant, Audrey II, is played by hand puppets operated by freshman Lily Bogie and senior Noah Youderian, who plays Seymour.

The third version sits on the ground and Bogie operates it from the within, and the ultimate, largest version — large enough to swallow an individual whole — is junior Kelly Wyne operating it from behind.

Freshman Teddy Cole voices all 4 versions of the plant and “has needed to learn tips on how to use her voice to indicate the plant’s growth and character development, from very meek originally, then growing stronger, more powerful and aggressive by the top,” the discharge says.

“I’m so excited to see these characters come to life,” Macholl said in the discharge. “There’s such a level of labor, work, work to get to where we must be, and that discipline is such a very important a part of the method. But I believe there’s a pleasant window once we get to where students really take ownership of the show. It’s so cool to look at.”

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