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Hingham High School Presents: Little Shop of Horrors

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The cast of Hingham High School’s Little Shop of Horrors takes their final bow after their closing performance on the night of Saturday, December 2. By: Anna Post

From Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2, the Hingham High School Drama Club performed their production of Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Mo Fish at the Hingham Middle School theater. Little Shop of Horrors is a part of the minuscule genre of horror musicals, as the show features a man-eating plant named Audrey II, voiced by Nicholas Roche (’25) and controlled by puppeteers Saachi Menon (’26), Tommy Parker (’25), Mary Smock (’26), and Julian Williams (’25). This “little shop” is actually named Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist located in Skid Row, a run-down and poverty-stricken area of New York City. Tag Tomlinson (‘26) designed the amazing yet complicated set for this show, conveying the dirty and dangerous atmosphere of the setting perfectly. The protagonist of the musical, played by Ben Cavallo-Smith (‘25) is named Seymour Krelborn, an insecure yet lovable employee at Mushnik’s who discovered Audrey II. Seymour has a crush on his co-worker Audrey, played by Ruby Blake (‘25), who, unfortunately for Seymour, is dating a sadistic and evil dentist, Orin Scrivello, played by Graeme Baker (‘27). Additionally, the musical is narrated by a Greek chorus of Skid Row street urchins led by Crystal, played by Teresa Pikoulas (‘24), Ronette, played by Alexa Harris (‘26), and Chiffon, played by Annie Daly (‘26). In an attempt to win over Audrey’s heart, Seymour discovers that the only way that Audrey II will grow is if it is fed with human blood, which leads Seymour to a series of moral dilemmas in which he chooses his love for Audrey over the lives of others, costing him in the end. 

Although the general plot of the musical is gory and terrifying, it is sprinkled with downright hilarious moments that had the whole audience laughing, especially for Graeme Baker’s part, Orin, and his song, “Dentist!” Audience member and HHS sophomore Emmy Oppedisano noted “Each year, I look forward to seeing all the most talented kids in the school burn the house down. All the performances were amazing and the set was beautiful. Great job to everyone involved.” This seemed to be the consensus for all of the audience members, who were equally impressed with the cast and crew’s talent and the organization required to execute such a wonderful show. 

The cast and crew members were also rightfully proud of the incredible performance they were able to put on. From the cast to the crew, so many people were involved in making Little Shop of Horrors such a memorable performance. Sophomore crew member, Isabella Monti reflected on her experience working on the show, “As a part of both the backstage crew and costume crew for Little Shop of Horrors, I felt a stronger connection to others and a sense of creativity than I have ever felt participating in a different sport or club. Every member of the club is so welcoming, and working with them is such an amazing way to ease the stress of schoolwork and outside activities. While I am incredibly sad that the production is over, it was amazing to hear the audience’s positive reaction to the hard work of the entire cast and crew, and I can’t wait to see what the drama club can accomplish for our future productions!” 

Additionally, Alexa Harris, who played Ronnette says, “I really loved doing Little Shop at Hingham High. The cast was truly amazing and supportive and just such a great community to be a part of. I’m going to miss the show so much, it was so fun to be a part of. Our director Mrs. Fish was also amazing and she really made the show come to life. Additionally, the support from the Hingham community was great, we almost sold out each night except for about 2 seats. The audiences were so reactive and helped make our jobs as actors easier. It was also just so fun to do the show with some of my closest theater friends like Bridget, Nick, and Graeme. It was truly just a lovely experience and I am sad it is over, but I can’t wait for next fall when we get to do it all over again.”

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