Little Shop of Horrors
by Young Actors' Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors is
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s dark comedy about a man-eating alien plant
bent on world domination. The Plant
chooses the inauspicious Mushnik’s Flower Shop on Skid Row to gather his
strength. The bumbling Seymour, who
does odd-jobs at the flower shop, discovers The Plant and christens it Audrey II
, named after the buxom blonde who also works at the shop.
The real Audrey falls for Seymour after her sadistic boyfriend, dentist
Orin Scrivello, disappears. The show is narrated by a Greek Chorus of street urchins, and
could end in
YAT’s production was sterling!!
This reviewer has had the good
fortune of reviewing this show’s star, Anthony Vacio, in two of his prior
productions (Tony in West Side Story and Claude in Hair). I mention this only
because he was great in both, and as different as those two roles are, Seymour
goes in yet a completely different direction, and Vacio pulls it off like a
natural. He has a pleasant voice, a natural acting style, and a great look.
I really felt a connection with him!
Sierra Schultz had Audrey’s lisp
and accent down to a science, and
her eyes sparkled like emeralds. Her
singing was powerful and moved the audience to spontaneous verbal outcry.
She was funny, beautiful, and heartwarming.
The trio of men: Sam Alper (Mushnik),
Kendall Kiplinger (Orin), and Leif Corbiel (Plant) put up a great effort, but
it was hard for anyone not to be outshined by the four urchins.
Usually, I find a favorite urchin to watch, but in this production I
loved each urchin for their uniqueness. Cari Callen (Ronnette) was clearly
“the voice” and was a strong leader type, but Marissa Cabading (Chiffon) was
awesomely powerful as the strong Latina voice in the group. As for Bella
Snyder, how did her
parents know the perfect first name for her? I would have been
happy to simply gaze on her beauty, as she is a “10”, but
Bella is more than just a pretty face.
Her riffs at the end of the show were mesmerizing.
But as good as all three of these girls were, Megan Singer’s antics
delighted the audience. Ashleigh is
an added character, so one never
knows how much of the credit should go to Megan or the Director Perry Lee. But, either
way, she was a highlight of the show for me.
Speaking of Perry Lee, not only
did he do a stellar job of directing a show with fabulous pace, blocking, and
feel, but he also captained the choreography, which was just perfect! Aside
from the wonderful urchin dancing, Alper was the best Mushnik dancer that I have
ever seen. It would be nice to see
Alper play the part when he is about 20 years older.
Finally, the harmonies in this
production were exquisite! Kudos to Music Director Matthew Ignacio who kept the
singers honest and true.
My only real criticism was that I
wished the volume of the music and the performers would have been significantly
louder. I do not know if their sound system was malfunctioning, or if it was kept
intentionally low, but I urge them to turn it up louder for next weekend,
because I am recommending that everyone go see it next week. YAT has more shows
on Thursday 10/23 through Sunday 10/26.
Scott M. Kolod
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