Quite a crowd turned out to support Spring-Ford's spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors, at the Royersford Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday night.
A percentage of all purchases between 5:00pm and 7:30pm went to the Spring-Ford Spring Musical fund. Not only was it a fundraiser, but people in the restaurant also got a sneak peek at some of the songs from the show.
Director Katie Foulke, doing her first show at Spring-Ford, said that her students have been working hard on the show and are just over a week from opening night.
Four young women playing the Doo-Wop Girls burst into a rendition of the musical's eponymous opening song: seniors Jenna Cominsky and Brielle Frasca amd juniors Brianna Decerio and Stephanie Hodge. The Doo-Wop Girls are the Greek chorus of Little Shop; they serve as the narrator and the background singers.
The four Doo-Wop Girls also performed "Ya Never Know" with senior Drew Carr as Seymour.
Seymour and Audrey, played by freshman Kailey Edwards, are the central characters. They work for Mr. Mushnick, who is being played by junior Mario Dolenti.
Audrey's dentist boyfriend, Oren Scrivello, is being played by senior Anthony Barbine.
Foulke said the crew has four puppets to represent the plant, Audrey II, at different stages in the musical.
Little Shop of Horrors is probably best remembered from its 1986 film version starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene as Seymour and Audrey, with Steve Martin as the Dentist. The show actually got its start off-Broadway in 1982, but the stage musical took a somewhat darker tone than the 1986 film.
Foulke says the version that Spring-Ford is doing omits some of the scarier parts and makes the show a little more family-friendly.
It is definitely an ambitious show, but if the enthusiasm on display at Chick-Fil-A is even a small part of the enthusiasm the students have for the show, it should be quite the performance.
"Little Shop of Horrors" runs Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2 at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and senior citizens.