Friday, April 28, 2006

High School Bound

Last night Ken and I went to my old high schools performance of Little Shop of Horrors. This is one of our personal favorites, the music, cheesey story and of course the use of a plant puppet. We would watch the movie version so much that we finally had to get a DVD with the video copy being on its last leg. I haven't seen this play actually performed live before, while Ken did several years ago. We were both curious how they would pull it off, because without strong singing, acting and a good plant, the play would be a stinker.

It was a sellout show, we had really good seats, saw some friends from church and basically were ready to be entertained. Ken had a somewhat bothersome day dealing with non working equipment at work, so he needed a fast pick me up. We were not disapointed. The kids did fantastic!!! I was soooooooo impressed with the quality of the production. They picked strong leads that had a real flare and good voices (something that doesn't always happen). This year we really only knew 2 kids in the show from church, one was in the pit orchestra, the other a chorus member. During the opening song we scanned the stage for him, and couldn't find him. Then on the second number singing of Skid Row (Downtown) there he popped out of the garbage can as a drunk bum singing. Couldn't stop laughing at him, as it was just priceless.

Then we saw the plant. We were not disapointed. They really made the puppets work well with the show and very time we saw a larger Audrey 2 everyone would gasp, it was very impressive for a high school production. Ken even mentioned that the version he saw didn't even try to make the puppets but instead had a plant the actor would step out of to sing (not as cool). I felt bad for the poor kid in that puppet all night. She looked so hot and tired by the time it was over and took her bow.

Overall it was a fantastic performance, and we couldn't be more pleased. The only strange part was being back at my old school. I feel so old seeing the kids there, its almost been 10 years since I roamed those halls and helped out the theater with ushering. But it was neat to think someday we could see our little one up on stage in a show. Full circle I guess.

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