For three days in February, the Van Voorhis “Dutch” Lecture Hall was transformed into Skid Row for Chatham Hall’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.
In addition to creating a new world for the audience, the cast and crew were tasked with bringing to life Audrey II or “Twoey,” a blood-thirsty plant voiced by Sophia Taylor ’24 with puppeteering by Mia Swanson ‘24. Twoey, a sentient, carnivorous plant that feeds on human blood, was created (and fed) by Seymour, played by Sarah “Fish” Leineweber ’23.
Leineweber was joined on stage by Lily Shaheen ’23 as the original, human Audrey, Meaghan Kress ’24 as Mushnick, and Stella Snider ’23 as Orin, as well as Kayla Charway ‘23, V. Edwards ’23, Annie Wells ’25, Anaiah Charway ’26, Sara Hunter Bryan ’25, and Autumn Johnson ’26. Together they told the story of Twoey and Seymour becoming local celebrities, leading to some more concerning adventures.
Behind the scenes, a dedicated crew led by stage manager Ginny Hopkins ’23 supported the production through lights, sound, and props, including making Twoey larger than life through a shadow show. The students were led by directors Dr. Francis Yun, Kay Dillard, and John Kingery.
Little Shop of Horrors was originally produced as a film by the same name in 1960 and later adapted into a musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman.
Bravo, Turtles! And remember — don’t feed the plants!