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“Little Shop of Horrors” features big laughs, great music and one moral: “Don’t feed the plants!”

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Music. That’s what makes a great musical really great, and it’s the awesome songs and underscore that captured all the absurdity, comedy and poignant moments of the West Linn Theatre Arts Program’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“Little Shop of Horrors” is based on a 1960 dark comedy film that was adapted into a popular Broadway musical and then into a musical film. It continues to inspire many musical adaptations. The story centers on a nebbishy florist assistant who finds a mysterious plant with a taste for human flesh. Seymour Krelborn, played by Reed Sturtevant, senior, worked in Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists for most of his life for the grouchy florist, Mr. Mushnik, played with hilarious physicality by Joseph Joyce, junior. Seymour is desperately in love with Audrey, who was played by Caroline Hitesman, senior. Hitesman’s Audrey is an innocent “broad” in an abusive relationship with an dentist, played by Oliver Muggli, junior.

One of the other stars of the production is the underscore from the orchestra pit, provided by members of West Linn’s band program and Nancy Monson, science teacher, on piano.

Though some of the songs seemed to drag, many were fantastic; “Suddenly Seymour” shone as sung by Hitesman and Sturtevant. The title song was also a hit with me as sung by various characters including a Greek chorus of female street toughs. Ronnette, Crystal and Chiffon, played by Keeley Anderson, sophomore, Taija Channel, junior, and Arrianna Robin, senior, comment on the story in hilarious costumes and fill us in on the story with musical interludes.

Another audible star of the production is the plant itself, voiced in a hilarious deep voice by Toran Almodovar, senior. Almodovar’s performance captures the craziness of the talking plant perfectly; very funny and a little sinister at the same time.

“Little Shop of Horrors” was a magnificent blend of comedy, absurdity and tragedy, but most of all it was a great venue to see some pretty great comic acting and hear some really great songs.

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Hand-delivering a golden owl to one of your heroes may seem like an impossible dream, but for Charlie Craft, senior, this is a dream come true. Craft’s favorite band, My Morning Jacket, announced a tour before his recent trip to Japan in the summer of 2012. Knowing the band has an obsession with owls and bears, he made it his personal goal to find an item to give to the band. While scouring various markets in Tokyo, Kobe and Osaka, Japan, Craft found the perfect golden owl. Craft was luckily able to obtain sound-check tickets where he met the singer, Jim James. After briefly talking, he handed James the owl and in return, received an owl of his own. Star-struck, he could do nothing but say “thank you.”

“Owls are my favorite animal,” Craft said, “Because they look funny and are silent killers.”

For now, Craft has to worry about repaying his parents for his Japan trip. Craft works at Bellagio’s Pizza where he is a self-proclaimed “Pizza Insider.”

“A Pizza Insider does everything short of delivering pizzas,” Craft said.

Being stuck in a terrible job is Craft's greatest fear, which is not the current case. Craft plans to work at Bellagio’s until college. He hopes to attend the University of Oregon, ideally majoring in media studies but he admits it could change at any moment.

The college search process has been “weighing down on” him for a while and Craft is ready to finalize his future plans. Until then, he plans on protecting his coveted owl from his three cats and golden retriever and also “loving” his cat Curry.

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“Little Shop of Horrors” features big laughs, great music and one moral: “Don’t feed the plants!”