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Steamboat Springs High School presents “Little Shop of Horrors” production this weekend

Mayana Gibbs, who plays the part of Audrey, performs during a dress rehearsal for the Steamboat Springs High School's presentation of Little Shop of Horrors. The show will open at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. Additional show are set for 7 p.m. Friday, as well as 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

— Squeals of delight and startling fright will befall the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium this weekend.

The cast of about 15 high school students will bring the "Little Shop of Horrors" story to life starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. Additional performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

"We wanted to try something different by doing a horror with comedy that also has a lot of special effects," said Jamie Oberhansly, director of the high school production. "It's an old classic that is really funny, and I've always loved the music. There is a lot of trickery that will be happening in the set. The audience won't even know what is about to happen."

If You Go…

What: Steamboat Springs High School presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Where: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium, 45 Maple St.

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Tickets: $5 students with activity pass, $10 students, $12 adults and $20 reserved

Oberhansley said the story follows a dilapidated florist shop that is close to shutting its doors for good. But the store finds new life after the nerdy botanist, Seymour Krelborn, nurses a particularly interesting plant back to health. To his surprise, the exotic botanical evolves into an ever-growing, bloodthirsty plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. But by attracting passersby and gaining notoriety for the shop, the plant also manages to turn the business around.

Eventually, the plant — named “Audrey II” by Seymour, inspired by his attraction for his fellow sales clerk, Audrey — continues to make more sizable dietary demands as it grows larger, which forces Seymour to contrive more audacious, underhanded ideas to meet the plant's demands.

The horror comedy musical, as Oberhansley describes it, is based on the 1960 film directed by Roger Corman, which was the basis for both an off-broadway musical and a 1986 film starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II.

"We've had trapped doors and intense makeup before," said Mollie Hei, senior stage manager of the production. "But we have never had something this technical. Our tech crew is about double the size of other productions, and on the flip side, the small cast of performers were handpicked to be the best ones, bursting with talent."

For about six weeks now, the cast and crew have been rehearsing with a set that involves intricate special effects, including the large-scale puppet of Audrey II the group is renting from a Philadelphia production company. Oberhansly said it's by far the biggest character in the play and, at one point, will pick up a portion of the stage.

"I think people will love the overall enthusiasm in this, because it is a smaller cast, and everyone is really committed to it, and you can see that channeled into the singing and acting of the production," said Dominic McAuliffe, who will provide the voice of Audrey II.

"This show really has that wow factor," Oberhansly said. "A lot of people will be excited about it. The cast is outstanding and perfect for their parts, working so hard on the harmony and choreography. Visually and musically, everything has really come together with the show."

Tickets for the show are $5 for students with an activity pass and $10 for students without one. The price for adults is $12, and reserved seating is $20. Tickets can be purchased at All That or the Steamboat Springs High School.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: Steamboat Springs High School presents “Little Shop of Horrors”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Where: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium, 45 Maple St.

Tickets: $5 students with activity pass, $10 students, $12 adults and $20 reserved