Hilltop presents “Little Shop of Horrors”

It was a frightfully exciting night April 18 in DPAC, when The Hilltop Players performed “Little Shop of Horrors” which was directed by junior Rachel Lyon.

Focused on garden shop employee Seymour Krelborn, played by senior Norman Dubois, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells a tale of a young man and his oversized exotic, evil plant.

Seymour, another nobody in the mean streets of Skid Row, longs to be someone and make Audrey, played by senior Molly Buckley, love him.

When he finds a mysterious unknown exotic plant, things start looking up for Seymour. He ends up naming the plant Audrey II after Audrey.

Seymour and his plant become the talk of the town and bring some much needed business to the garden shop he works at.

Eventually Seymour and Audrey II receive national coverage, peaking the interests of NBC and Life Magazine.

But Seymour’s success came with a dark secret. Audrey II’s diet consists of human flesh and blood. Audrey II convinces Seymour to get rid of anyone that gets in the way of their success by feeding them to the blood hungry plant.

Seymour ends up paying the ultimate price for this new found fame, as he turns from a sweet boy into a man with blood on his hands, losing everyone he loves along the road to success.

There were many moments throughout the rock musical that kept the audience laughing and clapping. Two of the most notable comic numbers were the spine-chilling rock songs  “Feed Me (Git It),” and “Suppertime,” which Audrey II sings before eating its adversaries.

From their first encounter on stage, Dubois and Buckley’s romantic tension was palpable. Those in attendance seemed emotionally invested in seeing these two characters fall in love with one another over the course of the musical.

Dubois’ depiction of Seymour expertly showed the audience his character’s internal struggles that he must come to terms with in the play – does Seymour continue down the path of fame and fortune, satiating Audrey II’s blood thirst, or does he give it all up for a clean conscience?

Buckley, in the musical numbers, “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour,” also showed tremendous depth as an actress when she gave the audience a deeper look into the life of a girl with low self-esteem.

Most notable, perhaps, was the spectacle that was Audrey II, played by senior Tyler DeMoura and puppeteered by senior Aislyn Zybert.  Starting out as just a small garden-sized plant, Audrey II grows to massive proportions and the puppets used to show this evolution, provided by JaDuke Scene Shop, were quite imposing.

The production was given high praise from students who saw the musical.

Michael Collette, a sophomore said, “I thought it was hilarious. Especially Audrey’s II voice.”

Lillian Curley-Swannie a freshman, said, “It was good. It is still one of my favorite musicals.”

Rachel Lyon, the director, said “Overall, I think it was very successful. I had a very talented cast and our productions staff was amazing,” Lyon said. “Everything went smoothly. Being in shows normally, I know the back stage and I know how stressful it can be and I’ve heard from my actors that this was the least stressful tech week they’ve been a part of.”