February 2019

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Bronxville High School

“Little Shop of Horrors” will take center stage at Bronxville High School on Feb. 7-9. Directed by Pamela Simpson, the middle school and high school music teacher, the show will feature live music, puppets, great costumes and humor.

 

The musical is a horror comedy with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and a book by Howard Ashman. Part romance and part twisted sci-fi, it tells the story of hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, and his new discovery, Audrey II, a plant that has an unusual appetite.

 

Thanks to the generous support of the Bronxville School Foundation and PTA, the students have been working with professional puppeteer Fergus Walsh to design and create their own Audrey II puppets. Each puppet begins as a small hand puppet and grows to more than seven feet tall.

 

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m, Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at

 

www.eventbrite.com/o/bronxville-high-school-performing-arts-9792661123

 

The students will sell souvenir succulent plants following each show to raise money for the One Love Foundation.

 

“In the show, Audrey is involved in an unhealthy relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello,” Simpson said. “There is some disturbing dialogue and abuse. In conversations with the students, we decided to bring attention to this difficult topic and benefit the One Love Foundation.”

 

One Love Foundation was founded in honor of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old college student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. After her death, the family started the organization to educate young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

 

In conjunction with the show, the students are also collecting nonperishable items in collaboration with the Bronxville Teachers’ Association annual food drive, which will benefit Feeding Westchester.

 

“In the musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ many of the characters live on ‘Skid Row,’” Simpson said. “We thought participating in the annual food drive would draw attention to those who are less fortunate. In Westchester County alone, there are 200,000 people who consider themselves food insecure.”

 

Audience members are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item to donate to the food drive.

 

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