Beware of hungry plant: Rogers to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

"Little Shop of Horrors" actors Trenton Wyman, Kaylee Tegtmeier and Adam Buechler, along with set builder John MacIntyre (lower right) posed with the man-eating plants. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

The star of Rogers High School’s upcoming musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is — along with two freshmen in lead roles — a rapidly-growing, man-eating plant, as movie fans will recall from the screen version of the story.

Pictured to the right with three actors and the set builder is Audrey 3, the second-largest of the green monsters.

Audrey 4 is being stored in a warehouse.”You won’t believe how big that one is,” said Terry Beaudry, musical director for the play.

Audrey 1 and 2, also on display here, were built by John MacIntire, shown in the lower part of the photo. Audrey 3 and 4 are rentals, Beaudry said.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” opening Thursday, March 8, is Rogers’ second annual spring musical. The first, “Godspell,” was not funded by District 728 and Beaudry had to spearhead a fundraising drive. This time around, the district allocated $18,000 for the project. Beaudry said it’s a $23,000 project, with parent boosters helping out.

Katie Irvin, Shakopee Middle School choir director who’s been involved in musical theater “all my life,” is the director.

Ninth-graders in lead roles are Jordyn Sarvey as Audrey and Reilly Othoudt as Seymour. The cast also includes Tolu Ekisola as Crystal, Kayla Lenz as Ronnette, Danielle Murray as Chiffon, Drew Jordan as Ronnette, Alexa Gerber as Ms. Mushnik, Adam Buechler as Orin, Trenton Wyman as Voice of Audrey II, Natalie Thoresen as Mrs. Bernstein and Ensemble, Brianna Schulzetenberg as Mrs. Luce and Ensemble, Kadie Jorgenson as Skip Snip and Ensemble, Tyler Donnay as Mr. Martin and Ensemble, and Hannah Graffunder and Maria Frie in Ensemble.

The play  features ’60-style music. Signature songs include “Suddenly Seymour,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Git It.”

“‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a fun show, full of quirky lines, great music and a wonderful love story,” said Irvin. “Students of Rogers High School have worked really hard to bring these characters to life. The show is full of great songs that will be stuck in your head when you leave the theater.”

Little Shop of Horrors

Rogers High School production at Rogers Middle School

Thurs., March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. March 9,  7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 11, 2 p.m.