Spring Musical Returns to the Frost


Kai Spitz, staff writer

The play must go on! Come one, come all to see the newest Spring production of Little Shop of Horrors, put on by the talented AVPA theater department at CCHS, at the Robert Frost Auditorium,  opening this week.

AVPA theater director Lee  Hanson and the  cast and crew have been hard at work getting ready to debut this highly entertaining musical, where an introverted floral shop assistant Seymour, played by Timmy Francuz (and by the Isaiah Griffin, the understudy on March 6th only), crushes on his co-worker Audrey, played by Aine Lee (1st weekend) and True Jackson (2nd weekend). During a total eclipse Seymour discovers an unusual plant, whom he names Audrey II, played by Kylie Irish Hall, who happens to only dine on human blood and flesh. 

Despite the uncertainty of Covid-19, one thing we know for sure is that Ms. Hanson is extremely excited to put on the production of the Little Shop of Horrors. When asked why she chose this production, she stated, ¨I have loved this musical ever since I first saw it, which was… and I don’t want to give away my age, but it has been awhile. But I fell in love with it, and fell in love with the music right away.” 

Another reason why this musical is such a great choice is that it “asks important questions, brings up uncomfortable discussion, and it also should be a source of joy for people, and that is why this musical seems like a perfect combination for the season for us,” she said.

When asked about any challenges she has faced with COVID protocols, Ms. Hanson notes that wearing masks does take away part of the actor’s instrument, such as facial expressions and intonations that may be hard to hear with a mask on. Also, social distancing has also been a bit of a challenge. However, Ms. Hanson said, “I would rather still be able to do it in the Frost, the way that we are, than do anything over Zoom again.” 

When asked if Ms. Hanson had any last words for us, she said that she would love for everyone to come out and see how much heart and soul students have put into this production. 

The musical will run March 3-6 and March 10-13. Show times are Thursday – Saturday 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. There are two different casts each week, so come out and see it twice!

Tickets are $15 dollars for general admission, and $10 for faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Tickets for CCHS students with an ASB sticker are $5, and children 5 and under are free.