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'Little Shop of Horrors' Dazzles in Rye

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye's Drama Club the Parsons Street Players performed their spring musical “ Little Shop of Horrors” last weekend with a Friday evening premiere and two shows on Saturday.

The musical is a comedy rock horror adapted from a 60s film by the same name. Rye Middle School Social Worker and Play Director Peter Green said the choice, which was made by the students, was an excellent one.

"The musical is incredible, and you get to have fun with the genre of the horror movie," Green said.

Green added that the play, which features a giant talking man-eating plant, has a way of getting a reaction out of the audience.

"For me the moment when the plant starts talking, even though you know it's coming, is incredible every time," Green said.

The show featured nine on-stage actors, three puppeteers, one off-stage voice and a crew of over 30 students. According to Green, the spring musical proposes a challenge to the students given its close proximity to the spring play 'Pippin,' which premiered in early March.

"We put this show up in six weeks," Green said. "That's a lot to ask of these kids in a short time."

Rye High School Junior Kayako Ono, cast as Chiffon, said that the time crunch was nerve-racking at times, but ultimately worth it.

"I was nervous at first because I knew we had to put ourselves into it 100 percent," Ono said. "We had very little time so everyone had to be focused, (but) it makes it better because you know that everybody is really into it."

For Rye High School Senior Daniel Germani, playing the off-stage voice of the plant is a dream come true.

"As soon as I saw the musical I was like, 'I want to be the plant,’" Germani said. "It's huge for me, it's one I can check off my dream roles."

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