Stagelighters to perform 'Little Shop of Horrors'

NEIGHBORS

March 24, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIM

Audrey II, the famous man-eating plant from the silver screen and Broadway, will bloom on stage at South Carroll High School in less than a week.

The Stagelighters, South Carroll's theater group, will resurrect Howard Ashman's dark musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors," March 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Twenty-one students are featured in the two-act production, which tells the tale of Seymour, the timid floral shop worker who becomes a successful man, thanks to a hybrid with an attitude.

Audrey II, the plant that is affected by an eclipse, starts out small and wilted until it is accidentally nourished by blood when Seymour cuts his finger. It grows and grows until its craving for blood reaches adult proportions.

Like Seymour, the skid row florist shop experiences sweet success, but at a terrible price.

Director and South Carroll English teacher Mike Hoover said the Stagelighters' production stays close to the way "Little Shop of Horrors" was written. "The original ending is not as bright as the movie's," he said.

The play has two themes: "As much as man tries to intervene, nature will prevail," Mr. Hoover said. "And beware of sudden success."

The king-sized plant is an exercise in cooperation for Steve Dawson and Chris Probst. Steve manipulates about 60 pounds of foam and metal as the plant's puppeteer in conjunction with lines spoken by Chris, Audrey II's voice.

The plant, which undergoes four growth "spurts," was rented from the Towson Dinner Theatre. Representatives from the theater taught Steve how to operate the huge puppet.

Steve Snyder plays Seymour, the floral shop worker who makes the mistake of feeding and feeding the carnivorous plant. Jeremy Frank plays Orin, the sadistic dentist with a fatal attraction to nitrous oxide.

Cherith Bickish dons a blond wig to play Audrey, Orin's shy girlfriend.

Jon Sandruck plays Mushnik, the floral shop owner who is Seymour's father.

Michele Elder, Kellie Nichols, Jackie Ritchie and Erin Gardner are the Street Urchin group, nicknamed the Doo-Wop Girls for the production.

In bouffant wigs and dresses made from the 1963 homecoming dance pattern of home economics teacher Carolyn Lawton, the singers serve as the play's Greek chorus.

Other cast members include Chris Truffer, Krissy Nichols, Shelly Cavey, Chris Burns, Kevin Stansbury, Damiana De Paula, Ryan Bulson, Henry Griese, Christy Blair, David Proudfoot and Jaime Bowling.

Kevin King, South Carroll's vocal music teacher, is music director for the play.

Parent Jan Goodell, known to the Stagelighters as Miss Jan, is again volunteering her expertise in play production, props and costumes.

"It is really a fun play; it's fun working with the people," said Chris Truffer, who has three small roles in the production. "I think the deep message from this play is that you have to watch how you acquire your success."

Tickets are $4 per person and will be sold at the door. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. March 30, March 31, and April 1. South Carroll High School is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Route 26, in Winfield. Information: (410) 795-8500.

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Key Club members from South Carroll High School would like to feed you a pasta feast before the "Little Shop of Horrors" March 31 and April 1.

The organization's two-evening spaghetti dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school.

The final seating will be at 6:40 p.m.

The preplay fund-raiser, which will feature products from Giulenova Groceries in Westminster, will include salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread and a beverage.

Tickets will be sold at the door. They are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens and $4.50 for children six to 12. Youngsters 5 and under eat free.

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Mount Airy's Calvary United Methodist Church will sponsor a weekend of healing ministry tomorrow and Sunday.

Dr. Tilda Norburg, a psychotherapist and a United Methodist minister from Staten Island, N.Y., will conduct the workshop. Dr. Norburg is the author of "Stretch Out Your Hand."

Events are open to all. They will include a forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday to address questions and reservations about healing ministry.

Dr. Norburg will preach at Calvary's worship services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. A service of healing will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The church is at 403 S. Main St. in Mount Airy. Information: (301) 829-0358.

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Woodbine Recreation Council's 13th annual kite contest will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Salt Box Park on Gillis Falls Road between Mount Airy and Woodbine.

All ages are invited to bring their kites and a $1 fee to the park in time to register for the high-flying event.

Prizes will be awarded. For information, call (410) 795-3332.

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Here's a reminder that Mount Airy's annual spring blood drive will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Firemen's Activities Building, Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Organizers hope area donors respond to the region's critical shortage of blood reserves. Make an appointment by calling chairman Mary Jo Burkett at (301) 829-2822 or (301) 829-2211. Walk-in donors also are important to the success of the event.

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"Fasting" will be the focus of the Rev. Basil Day Jr.'s devotions at Mount Airy's Community Lenten Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Featured fare will be soup, salad and beverages provided by Howard Chapel/Ridgeville United Methodist Church. Calvary Church will provide child care after the meal.

The luncheon and baby-sitting are free. An offering will benefit Mount Airy NET, a local nonprofit group dedicated to helping less fortunate people in our area.

The final Lenten Luncheon will be April 5 with the Rev. Wendy Shullenbarger of Prospect/Marvin United Methodist leading the devotions.

, Information: (301) 829-0358.

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