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“Little Shop of Horrors” to feed North End theater diet

POULSBO — With Halloween just a few short weeks away, residents are getting ready to celebrate with the debut of a riotous comedy masterpiece in the form of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Nearly 50 members of the North Kitsap High School Drama Club are partaking in the production of the darkly hilarious hit.

NKHS drama director Randy Powell said the “Little Shop of Horrors” performance is vowing to wow every audience member in attendance.

“I think we needed to start the year off with a big show being that this year is North Kitsap High School’s 50th anniversary,” he said. “This is a big show that’s going to be really fun. We want people to walk out of the show saying, ‘That’s incredible.’ We’re ready for opening night. It’s going to be a hit.”

Residents looking forward to the play will have the chance to catch it during its debut at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the North Kitsap Community Auditorium. Encore performances are slated for Oct. 20, 21, 26 and 27. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The comedy is about a young clerk in a flower shop and a alien plant with a voracious appetite he discovers. The cast of 25 individuals along with a crew of 10 people began auditioning for the production last June.

“They have been in rehearsals over the summer and as a result have added a lot of dance to the repertoires,” Powell said.

He said it’s intriguing seeing seniors interact with their younger counterparts for the first time during rehearsal sessions.

“This is the first year freshman are at the high school so it makes for some interesting exchanges,” he said. “They are doing pretty well. In this performance we have a first year freshman male lead and a female senior lead. It’s a challenge, but having students in four different grade levels working together is a lot of fun. The freshman are going to be phenomenal by their senior year.”

Thus far, the entire cast, crew members and contributors have impressed Powell with their work ethic during the production.

“They not only have met the challenges, they have exceeded my expectations,” he said. “The kids have caught on fast. It’s been a great team effort.”

Powell said the script of “Little Shop of Horrors” doesn’t allow for much improvisation, and the cast is following his stage directions to a tee.

“The script was written so well that it doesn’t allow much ad-libbing,” he said. “I tell them everyday that we can’t afford to ad-lib lines and they haven’t done it.”

Tickets to “Little Shop of Horrors” are available in the 700 building (Technology) at NKHS from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 through Oct. 26. Tickets can also be purchased at Liberty Bay Bookstore in downtown Poulsbo. All pre-sold tickets guarantee reserved seating. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, if available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students.

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