Originally Published: March 28, 2006 4 a.m.
PRESCOTT Students at Prescott High School give a very impressive performance during the Ruth Street Players' latest play, "Little Shop of Horrors," complete with a strong cast, colorful stage setting and wonderful, creative props.
Each of the eight actors in this production have beautiful voices and strong stage presence that make this classic story come to life in the Ruth Street Theater.
Seymour (Billy Reed), a nerdy, clumsy-yet-loveable florist's assistant buys a mysterious rare plant from a Chinese merchant and brings it to the flower shop where he works on Skid Row, a slummy part of the city.
Shop owner Mushnik (Cody Newport) rejects the idea of keeping this strange plant in his shop, but changes his mind when he sees what attention the plant is bringing to his store.
Just when he decided to go out of business, Seymour and the plant save the day.
It is now up to the plant to keep the customers coming, and the plant, with Ben Bradstreet giving it voice, knows it is keeping the shop filled with people. He turns to Seymour, the nice, sincere shop worker, for food.
The only problem is, the food the plant eats is impossible to keep in stock. (This is part of the play's fun surprise!) While the plant is battling to stay alive, Seymour has a few battles of his own. He is trying to win over the love of Audrey (Jessica Place), whom he believes wants him only because he kept this bizarre plant alive.
When the plant becomes enormous, Seymour grows more and more famous, which makes him believe he has more of a chance of winning over Audrey's love.
When it is time to feed the plant, Seymour has some choices to make, and this is when the story gets interesting. This PHS production is about an hour and 45 minutes long, but it goes by quickly.
The story is fast-paced and entertaining, and contains plenty of loveable characters, including the giant plant that eventually dominates the story and the stage.
Throughout the entirely of the play, Jenny Estes, Tessa Mendoza and Lauren Cain play the parts of three street girls who also serve as a Greek chorus and underline the action of the production with a do-wap beat.
These girls, with their beautiful voices, add a sense of '50s-style to the play, and other characters, such as the crazy dentist named Orin (Kelsey Knudsen), bring laugh-out-loud comedy to the story.
"Little Shop of Horrors" is a creative play with plenty of action, lots of laughs, strong, convincing characters and an intriguing story that most people, kids or adults, most likely will enjoy.
"Little Shop of Horrors" will run at Prescott High School's Ruth Street Theater this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
General admission is $10 with tickets available at the Yavapai College box office or at the Ruth Street Theater at 6 p.m. before each show.
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