CHOCTAW — The Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools’ performing arts department will present the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” from Feb. 23-25 and March 9-11.
The musical depicts the relationship of a floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, with his human-eating plant, which he names after the woman he admires, Audrey.
Director Maryjane Burton said she hopes the community will embrace the districtwide musical, which is one of her favorites.
“What fun it has been to expose a new group of actors, musicians and technicians to this deceptively complicated show with its catchy musical numbers and unique blend of comedy, sci-fi and humor,” Burton said.
The Broadway musical includes doo-wop music with themes from the 1950s and 1960s and will be performed by students and alumni at the Choctaw High School Performing Arts Center, 14300 NE 10 in Choctaw.
“Producing any musical is an ambitious undertaking, and I feel beyond fortunate to work for a school district and live in a community that embraces the arts,” Burton said.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-25, with dessert offered for an additional cost. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Feb 25.
The show continues at 7:30 p.m. March 9 -11, with dinner offered March 11 for an additional cost.
“This is such a creative outlet,” said junior Dylan Herrin, who plays the role of Krelborn.
“I believe that this role is going to be one of my favorites so far.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 259-7735. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and reserved seating ranges from $15 to $18.
“Having been a fan of the film, the stage version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is easily one of my top five favorite musicals,” Burton said.
The drama department recently secured its 12th state championship and sixth one in a row in the 6A OSSAA one-act play competition.
“We have been very successful,” said senior Sierra Sikes, who plays the role of Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Sikes competed in the winning one-act play titled “Property Rites,” about robots taking over a man’s life.
Herrin, who also performed in the competition, said his acting career continues to develop, and he has gained a new level of confidence under Burton.
“It has really given me confidence to go out in the world and to be myself and have fun with this life,” Herrin said.
Sikes and others plan to continue acting while in college, with a dream of making it to Broadway.
“Being in the competitive drama program and … going through all that, the dramatic acting and musical theater acting, has just really helped me grow as an actress,” Sikes said.
CAPTION: Alan Beck, a teacher at Choctaw High School, left, rehearses with Dylan Herrin and Sierra Sikes for the upcoming “Little Shop of Horrors” musical. [Photo by Eriech Tapia, for The Oklahoman]