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Little Shop of Horrors

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! With their singing, dancing, and acting this cast of high school actors is sure to amaze.

This production is being held at the Calhoun County Fair Grounds located at 720 Fair Street in Marshall, Michigan. Enter through the Fair Street entrance.

Gates open 30 minutes before each performance.

There are three seating options, which you can choose on a first come, first served basis:

1. Bring your own lawn chairs (closest to the stage on the track)

2. Watch in your car (behind chair seating on the track – radio frequency provided)

3. Grandstand seating (general seating)

Click here for tickets!

Cast List

Seymour – Jack MacQuaig

Audrey – Emma Garrett

Mr. Mushnik – Stephen Klepper

Orin – Sam Rodgers

Voice of Audrey II – Mary Kurtz

Audrey II Puppeteer – Ethan Twiss

 

Doo Wop Girls

Crystal – Morgan Miklusicak

Krystalle – Jenna Rissi

Chiffon – Natalie Traynor

Chiffonette – Abbi Klepper

Ronnette – Lynnsey Oswald

Roni – Olivia Amting

 

Voice (page 1)/DJ (page 23)/Wino #1 (Skid Row) – Nathan Amey

Wino #2 (Skid Row) – Paul Butterfield

Customer 1 (PAGE 13-16) – Remee Morse

Customer 2 (page 66-67) – Erin Bucienski

Bernstein (page 88-89) – Makayla Bailey

Mrs. Luce (page 90) – Audrey Smith

Skip Snip (page 91-94) – Aiden Saunders

Martin (page 105) – Sofia Casey

 

Lead Dancers/Ensemble

Noelia Barroso

Eliana Dubois

Elliana Ebner

Makenna Groeneveld

Hallie Machalka

Audrey Smith

 

Ensemble

Nathan Amey

Makayla Bailey

Lillian Bowman

Erin Bucienski (assistant puppeteer)

Paul Butterfield

Sofia Casey

Adrienne Dysinger

Jordan Harrell (assistant puppeteer)

Gabby Jude

Remee Morse

Ryan Murphy

Aiden Saunders

Nova Schnitzler

Kayla Smith

Ethan Twiss

 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

5th – 9th-grade students

Auditions: May 15th and 16th

Rehearsals begin June 7

Performance dates: July 15, 16, 17, 18

Directed by: Jennifer Conley Darling

Choreography by:  Beau Hutchings

Music Direction: Elinor Marsh

 

Audition Info:

The Franke Center for the Arts’ Youth Theater is pleased to announce auditions for its production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical  for current 5th-9th grade students on May 15 and 16 at The Franke Center. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

This play will be rehearsed and performed at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Participants will be socially distanced and masked as COVID conditions require. The cast will be limited in size to 30 students and will be rehearsed in pods as much as possible.

There is a $10 registration fee (non-refundable) to audition. All auditions must be scheduled in advance, and registration is only available online through TheFranke.org. Everyone auditioning is required to bring a current, non-returnable photo. If cast, there is an additional participation fee of $70 for each selected cast member. Scholarships are available.

  • Auditions will take place at The Franke at 214 East Mansion Street at the time selected during registration through TheFranke.org
  • Audition materials will be provided on Day One – Learning Day
  • Audition Dates for students in 5th through 9th grades (for current 2020-2021 school year) – APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED

Audition Schedule

Saturday, May 15 – Learning Day, two time slots: 6-7:30pm and 7:30-9pm. Each group will learn music, dance and acting in different areas of the The Franke Center

Sunday, May 16 – Audition Day – A specific audition time will be assigned at the end of Learning Day (in the 2-5pm range) Call backs may be needed directly after audition times. Both student and their guardian will be notified on-site if student needs to stay longer.

Rehearsals start Monday, June 7 (Monday through Friday from 5-7pm). Some Saturdays may be needed.

Show dates are July 15-18, 2021 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm)

Click here to sign up for auditions!

After the initial sign up is complete, there is a second step. Click here to compete it.

For more information contact Allison Ebner (269-274-5795).

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.