Little Shop of Horrors to Hit the Stage in Leadville
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
The Lake County High School (LCHS) Performing Arts Department is ramping up to roll out another musical after hard work and collaboration the school-year long. Opening Ski Joring Weekend, the weird and hilarious Little Shop of Horrors is coming to life on the LCHS stage this Friday, Mar. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Most will remember last year’s production of The Beauty and the Beast, which brought a quality of theatre that Leadville hadn’t seen in a long time. Cast and crew had town talking for months after a show that featured surprising talent, professional costumes, and technical coordination one might expect to find in a much bigger city. No doubt aware of this, the Little Shop of Horrors team is aiming to set the bar even higher. There is no other operating theater in Leadville, which means the company must present a show to fill us up for the entire year.
“I am extremely excited to bring a different production to the community of Leadville while still maintaining artistic excellence,” says LCHS Artistic Director Scott Carroll. “The cast, crew, and orchestra are working hard to bring this entertaining story to life and I believe the results are going to be remarkable.”
Little Shop of Horrors is the sci-fi musical about a feeble floral assistant named Seymour who discovers a new breed of talking, blood-sucking plant whose demands get greater as he grows. Under direction of Scott Carroll, Artistic Director at LCHS, Edgar Tarango stars as Seymour, alongside principal cast members Emma Azeltine, Jonathan Cole, Alex Kinnel, Tanner Herron, Jessica Jardee, Moriah Perkins, and Elizabeth Smeltzer.
Scott Carroll serves as the Stage Director, heading the production and design team of 15, with students at the ropes and lightboard. Musical Director Donna Schaefer will direct the LCHS Performing Arts Orchestra in accompanying the soda-pop shop, high broadway, and R&B infused score.
Carroll will be announcing the 2018 musical production this Friday on opening night. It will be a big weekend in Leadville, so be sure to arrive early for a good seat.
Performances run for two weekends: Fridays Mar. 3 & 10 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Mar. 5 at 2 p.m., with the last show on Saturday Mar. 11. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the entire run of the production are currently on sale by calling (719) 486-6888 (extension 2019) or online: HERE. Adult tickets are $10 and student, child, and senior tickets are $6.
*The show is rated PG-13 because of some adult language and content*