New Rogers director working on spring musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Katie Irvin, a Shakopee Middle School choir director, has been hired to direct the Rogers High School spring musical, and started rehearsals Jan. 13.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical comedy about a man-eating plant, will be Rogers’ production this year, opening March 8.

RHS staged its first-ever musical last year on a makeshift stage at the middle school. Terry Beaudry, Elk River and Rogers choir director, was the driving force behind that project, including fund-raising. Warren Schueneman,  retired Anoka-Ramsey theatre professor, was the director.

Katie Irvin

When the District 728 school board approved a new post of RHS theatre director last fall, Schueneman was the original hire, but had to step down for health concerns, said Paul Gustafson, activities director. Irvin was hired as play director and Beaudry as music director for the play.

Irvin’s prior directing experience was “Grease” at Shakopee High School last fall. “And I’ve been in theatre all my life,” said Irvin, a Minneapolis native and Luther College graduate.

The lead roles for “Little Shop of Horrors” are Reilly Othoudt and Jordyn Sarvey, both freshmen.

The Star News will have more on the play as the time approaches.