By Lonnie Huhman,
For those interested in checking out the Dexter Drama Club’s last show of the school year, they should expect to be amazed with the dancing, singing, puppetry and talent.
The Dexter Drama Club will debut its performance of “Little Shop of Horrors,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 with shows following at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and then at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12.
Little Shop of Horrors is described as a love story, but also a warning of what happens if you do anything to get what you want. The story has Seymour discovering a plant, which he names Audrey II, and when it’s fed human blood, things suddenly go right for him and the flower shop, but there are consequences.
One tagline of the Hollywood version of the show says, “A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist,” while another says, “Don’t feed the plants.”
During a rehearsal leading up to the show’s opening, DHS senior Drew Flattery, who plays Seymour, called the show amazing when asked to describe it.
“The singing is amazing, the music is amazing, the puppetry is something everyone has to see and I think it’s just an amazing show overall,” Flattery said, and noted he’s loved the show and its music for a long time and has been known to watch a clip or two of the Broadway version on YouTube.
He said he loves the role of Seymour because in some ways his personality fits well with Seymour’s, who is described, in part, as a nerdy florist who loves “strange and interesting” plants.
Jodi Helmholtz, a producer and President of the Parent Booster Board for Dexter Drama Club, and Wes Schroeder, a DHS senior as well as House Manager and Head of Publicity for this show said the students started rehearsing the show on March 14.
“In this short amount of time they have learned the songs, the choreography, their lines, built a set and the props to go with it, been fitted for costumes and had their makeup and hair designed,” Helmholtz and Schroeder said. “Now it all comes together!”
The bloodthirsty plant Audrey II is a sight to behold and makes the show even more of a must-see. Some of the puppets are rented while some were built.
There will also be a live rock band, which is adding to the great singing performances. And for those familiar with the movie version, the ending of the drama club’s show is different, but that’s all that can be said.
Like Flattery and Schroeder, this show is also the last for DHS senior Will Fawcett, who is the sound designer and president of the Dexter Drama Club.
He said it’s bittersweet.
“I have loved my time with Dexter Drama Club and I will cherish the memories. I am also excited to move on and start working on great things,” Fawcett said.
However, in the meantime he hopes the community comes to see what the club has been working on over the past two months.
“My favorite part of the show is the puppet work. It’s something we haven’t done before and it’s a great new thing to add to the process. I love the rock band as well, it just adds so much to the show and all the dance numbers,” Fawcett said.
Helmholtz said what makes the show so worth checking out are the students and the chance it brings in seeing some great local talent perform.
“The community needs to see the talent of our students and enjoy what they have created!” she said. “Dexter Drama Club is a student run organization. The students not only perform the shows, they find the costumes, they work the lights and sound, they create the props! Parents offer guidance and support, but it is the students that do the hard work.”
The shows will be at the Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St. in Dexter. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; cash and checks are accepted. All tickets are sold at the door for general seating. There are no advanced ticket sales or reserved seating.