The RJ Drama Club performed eight runs, including one performance by the understudies, of its musical, Little Shop of Horrors, over two weekends in late March and early April to packed houses and rave reviews. The production offered lots of laughs, several surprises and presented members of the cast, crew and pit band the opportunity to shine. Read more to see why this production of Little Shop was truly special.
This RJ-fan favorite was last staged at the now gone Colorado Heights University theatre in the fall of 2012. The musical was also staged in the school's former 'Black Box" theatre (now the extension of the GD cafeteria) in 1994, when a then-sophomore Bernie Sauer '97 played piano in the first-ever RJ student pit band. Prior to that, the Drama Club used a karaoke machine for the show and hoped that the CD wouldn't skip. Sauer served as Pit Band Director for this production and waxed nostalgic about the full-circle moment.
One of the unique features of this production was that the four puppets for the carnivorous plant, Audrey II or "Twoey" were crafted by RJ students under the supervision of Mr. Richard Merkling, the school's tech theatre director and a puppet-making expert. Theatre Director Aldo Pantoja '01 shared in his show notes that "not even professional theatre companies take the chance in building their own Twoeys. Yet, our students not only built them from scratch, they also learned how to operate them. To watch the process unfold was incredible."
And the show itself was incredible and continues the wonderful legacy of our thriving Performing Arts Program.
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