MYRTLE POINT — There is a 9-foot man-eating plant at Myrtle Point High School.
Drama students are performing “Little Shop of Horrors” this weekend at Myrtle Point High School at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It took us a while to find the perfect play for us since we are rather boy heavy right now, and we wanted something with intriguing roles,” said director Lisa Crew. “One of our biggest obstacles was finding the life-sized puppet to play Audrey II, because it eats part of the cast.”
At first Crew and her cast contemplated building the puppet which starts out as a “seedling” in the musical before growing into the 9-foot tall monster by the end.
“But building it wasn’t an option,” Crew said. “We thought of renting it from another district and then received an email from Southern Oregon University, who was willing to give us their puppets if we picked them up.”
Senior Jack Isenhart stars in this weekend’s show as the lead character Seymour and it was his brother and father who made the trip to pick up the set props.
Isenhart has been accepted into the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival over the summer, which The World reported here.
“The only consideration that Southern Oregon University gave us, other than picking up the puppets, was that when we’re finished with our production we pass them on to another drama group without charge,” Crew said.
The cast and crew of 15 students have been excited about the musical and even performed one scene during a school assembly in hopes that students would attend.
“Having a giant puppet basically eating people on stage is a compelling reason to come to the show,” Crew laughed. “It’s a satire, not serious at all, though there are dark parts. It is a PG-13 show.”
The cast and crew includes Jack Isenhart, Kaylin Brickey, Tom Isenhart, Shay Bateman, Ivy Celestino, Makenzie Larsen, Hailey Waterman, C.J. Seals and Jes-C Tessman, Cyrus Kenyon, Elea Kenyon and Caitlin Huff.
Ticket prices are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults, and $12 for families.
Though the performance is in Myrtle Point, the cast extends the invitation to everyone, even in the Bay Area.
“I know it’s a trek from the Bay Area, but these kids are talented and have worked very hard,” she said. “Who knows, you might catch a star in the making and can later say, ‘I saw him when. . . .’ Stranger things have happened.”