Millbrook’s theater program is putting on a production of Little Shop of Horrors for the 2016-17 school year. Leads Madelyn Shores and Joey Drake, along with all of the students involved, have been tirelessly working to get lines memorized and sets made. Auditions started the second week of school, way back in August, and the cast list came out a week later. They have been rehearsing for over a month and a half. “At auditions everyone sings the same songs and get a bunch of cold readings and they put you wherever they think you’ll do the best,” Madelyn explained.
She landed the role of Audrey. Audrey is a typical pretty girl who is in an abusive relationship and works at a flower shop. Joey is Seymour, an orphan who lives at the flower shop and loves plants.
“I feel like opening night is really fun because my mom always cries whenever I sing. Everyone in my family tells me they didn’t even know I could sing, which is cool,” Joey said. “I’m looking forward to performing because this is my last year and I think it will be a memorable performance.” Rehearsals run for three hours everyday after school and set building is on Saturdays, leaving little time for anything else.
“At the beginning it was frustrating when lines were supposed to be learned by a certain time and they weren’t, but now I feel like we’re in a rhythm. We just show up and roll through everything,” Madelyn said.
Performances start November 11 and go through November 13, so come out for an enjoyable show.