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March 03. 2014 7:12PM

Windham ready to open a 'Little Shop of Horrors'


Windham Drama Club members, left to right, Greg Mallette, Cody Munroe, Ram Sheth, Alex St. Cyr (puppeteer), Taia Tieoand and Alex DeSimone are among the cast members in the school's upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Performances are later this month. (APRIL GUILMET)

WINDHAM — The two stars of Windham High School's upcoming drama production won't show their faces when appearing on the local stage this month, but they are still likely to steal the show.

When the curtains rise on the school production of "Little Shop of Horrors," Alex St. Cyr will be center stage, though hardly visible from inside his giant plant costume in his portrayal of Audrey II, a singing plant with an appetite for blood.

With St. Cyr orchestrating moves from inside the oversized, green costume, cast mate Cody Munroe will provide the character's melodious singing voice.

"Now this is where it gets fun," said St. Cyr, as he climbed into costume during a recent rehearsal.

"Little Shop of Horrors" tells the story of nerdy florist Seymour who owns a very unique plant. Much comedy ensues when the show's colorful cast enters the picture, including Seymour's would-be love interest, Audrey; Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend, Orin; and sleazy shop owner Mr. Mushnik.

Director Jake Simard, a 2012 Windham High School graduate , said auditions for the show began in early January, almost immediately after winter break ended.

"This is one dedicated cast," he said of the 13-member group. "They even came in to rehearse for several days during February vacation."

About a dozen or so other students are participating in the stage crew, according to Simard.

Sophomore Ram Sheth said he's enjoyed the process of perfecting his character, Seymour.

"He's just very socially awkward," Sheth said. "It's fun playing him, because I get to fumble, to stutter a little."

"I'm never bored playing Seymour," he added.

Freshman Kacie Flahive plays a dancing doo-wopper in her first high school production.

"The choreography is definitely lots of fun," Flahive said.Sophomore Sophie Samuels has several roles in the upcoming show, which she said is "much more lighthearted and less stressful" then the club's fall production of the drama, "Twelve Angry Jurors," where Samuels' role was "way more serious.""We're dancing and singing all the time," she said. "It's fun to be one of the customers in the flower shop."

Samuels said she had the chance to check out the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin earlier this month, but she wasn't particularly intimidated.

"I think ours will be even better," she noted. "Ram is the perfect Seymour."

Senior Taia Tieoand plays the role of Audrey.

"It's nice to be in a comedic role," she said. "I get to use a character voice to play Audrey, and it took me a couple of weeks to master it. But I think I've finally nailed it."

Performances of "Little Shop of Horrors" will take place at Windham High School on March 14, 15 and 16. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and staff members.
aguilmet@newstote.com


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