‘Little Shop of Horrors’ wins by unanimous vote

By Anna George

Correspondent

A story about a man-eating plant was not the first choice for the latest Portales High School musical production, according to senior Amy Carter.

But when the subject arose, the vote was unanimous, Carter said.

When debating over what musical to perform, other production titles came up, such as “Little Foxes,” before the conversation turned to the famous story of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

With the 15-student cast members revving up for their first performance tonight at the high school, the Portales News-Tribune decided to ask some of them their thoughts on the show.

 

Amy Carter, senior, plays Audrey, the female lead:

What’s your favorite thing about performing in this play?

Hanging out with me (my) ladies backstage.

What’s your favorite part of the musical and why?

It is when John (the dentist) hits me because it really is fun. It is so fun, because we are both the kind of people to not do those things. Plus, it makes John really uncomfortable.

 

Ryann Privett, sophomore, plays a chorus/Doo-Wop girl named Crystal:

What was your funniest rehearsal moment?

When Mrs. Luce (John-Hayden McGill) came out in a dress. It wasn’t unexpected but the fact that he was in a dress was.

What kind of environment does the cast provide?

Crazy. It’s crazy but the best kind of crazy.

 

Bailey Thompson-Garcia, senior, lead male, Seymour:

What was your funniest rehearsal moment?

It is when I tried to fit through a door in the first scene but couldn’t get through with my prop box. I thought it might happen but I was like, “nah.”

How do you relate to your character?

The glasses and the clothes help. I don’t know, I kind of use how he’s sweet and caring to relate. I am a sweet guy; I just have to act more shy and withdrawn.

 

Kasha Saltz, junior, plays a chorus/Doo-Wop girl named Ronnette:

What’s your favorite thing about performing in this play?

I thoroughly enjoy my character’s sarcasm, wittiness and overall sass. So I just bring out that side of me on stage.

What’s your favorite part of the musical and why?

My favorite part (spoiler alert) is during the song “Suppertime” when Mr. Mushnik gets eaten as well as the psychedelic death sounds.

 

John Hayden-McGill, junior, plays the abusive, sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello:

What kind of environment does the cast provide?

It offers a really good environment, because it makes you really comfortable.

Would you be afraid of the killer plant in real life?

No, because I would kill it. I would use all of my manly power and kill it.

 

Nathan Gandara, junior, plays the shop owner Mr. Mushnik:

How do you relate to your character?

I relate to my character by simply being a hard worker, trying to make ends meet. I think the inspiration is the emotion my character gives off towards Seymour and Audrey and the rest of the characters.

Would you be afraid of the killer plant in real life?

Heck yes. Let’s just basically say, if a plant like this did exist, the world would be annihilated, because it is indestructible and feeds on human blood.

 

— PNT staff writer Alisa Boswell contributed to this report.

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