SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL
There is music in the air at Salisbury High School as the finishing touches are being made to the production of "Little Shop of Horrors" which will be performed this weekend 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11.
This popular comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman is about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh in a poor distressed neighborhood. The production has music from the early 1960s, rock and roll, doowop and Motown.
Members of the cast include Tommy Walters as Seymour; Taylor Heverly as Audrey; Alan Mendez as Audrey II (voice); Danny Walters as Audrey II (puppet); Colin Smith as Mushnik and Joe Skibbens as Orin Scrivello DDS.
The Urchins include Asia Letlow as Chiffon; Shannon Cornish as Crystal; Hali Letlow, Julie Trinidad, Abby Garrigan and Ali Greenholt as Ronette.
The ensemble includes Carolyn Boulay, Lexi Chladny, Emily Ferrol, Kelly Garrigan, Connor Harrison, Adam Kancsal, Sarah Kim, John Leiderman, Gabrielle Manatag, Sydney Simitz, Danny Walters and Melissa Zong.
New this year is the director, Will Windsor Erwin, who comes to SHS with a long list of theatrical accomplishments. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Northampton Community College in fine arts and theatre; a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in communications and theater; and was chosen as an acting scholar for a master's degree from Villanova. Erwin has taught at the Montgomery Theater, Young Actors Company for the past three years.
Erwin learned of the opening for a director from Mendez who worked with him this past summer in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.
"I love enriching the lives of students," Erwin said. "I am a firm believer in the tools learned through theater, one being self-confidence. This is a tool that will get one through life in any situation."
Assisting Erwin is Peter Sikalias, choreograher; CJ Mast, scenic design and Kevin O'Connell, musical director.
Student directors are Danielle Bartolucci and Brandon Lightcap.
Other student positions include Christina Bleiler as assistant choreographer, Joseph "Joie" Dalton on sound board; Megan Eripret, properties; Kevin Esslinger, stage manager; Olivia King, wardrobe; Erin Kloss, properties, Carly Long, assistant costume designer; Shannon Pennella, ASM running crew and George Richards, light board.
Members of the orchestra include O'Connell, Lucille Kincaid, Brian Bortz, Casey Creveling and Lee Morrison.
Rehearsal accompaniest is Pat O'Connell.
Hali Letlow talked about her experience with this year's musical production.
"It's been a great experience. Will and Peter have been a lot of fun. We feel comfortable with them. I really like the show. The show is different, exciting and the characters are all animated," Hali said.
Cornish, who plays Crystal in the production, shared what the audience can expect when they come to see the show this weekend.
"They can expect to see great talent and definately see a great show they'll remember," Cornish said. She also described her experience being involved with Salisbury theater since this is her first year.
"The people I've met here are all different, special and we all have something in common," Cornish said. "They have all become a second family."
Erwin said the show is "brilliant because of how much it mimicks a greek tragedy. The girls share secret nods or winks with the audience."
Describing his first experience working with Salisbury High School students, Erwin said, "It's been amazing."
Tickets are still available for the show. For additional information, call the school at 610-797-4107 or by contacting email@example.com.