By Ali G.
With the start of the new semester, new and exciting news is also here, in the Performing Arts department. Director/choreographer Tom Kovaleski and Musical Director Paul Geer have a lot on their hands as the fall production of Little Shop of Horrors nears its debut. The performances will be on 21st and 22nd of September, and the cast can’t wait to show the public the fruits of their labor.
The musical is a high-energy, quirky show that will both shock and amuse audiences. It’s the story of a klutzy bad-luck botanist who named Seymour, whose life drastically changes when he discovers a strange new plant, the likes of which has never been seen before. Soon, he has the girl of his dreams, and a huge dirty secret which gets harder and harder to cover up as the action progresses.
The students participating in the cast are definitely being challenged by the stylized songs and dancing, and the snappy, clever dialogue, but the overall attitude is excited and ready, as the preparations for the show near completion.
Senior and intern Tom M. plays one of the lead roles, the disgruntled but endearing shop owner, Mr. Mushnik. Though Tom has never acted before, he’s thoroughly enjoying his experience as a part of the Family School’s theatre program.
“I feel like being a part of the play has helped me to overcome issues that I’ve had with self-confidence” says Tom, “And it has shown me that I’m capable of doing the things that I put my mind to.”
As a part of the play, I know how challenging participating in theatre program can be. However, it’s a fun and satisfying way to get out of your comfort zone, push your program, and create something exciting that’s bigger than yourself, giving back to the community by providing them a polished and professional product to sit back and enjoy.