Thomas Steccato has played his share of characters in his time at Iona Prep in New Rochelle.
Last year, he played the confident window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” This year, he’s playing a character closer to himself: the nebbishy Seymour Krelborne in the Faustian Menken-Ashman musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”
“He’s more fidgety than Finch, easier for me to play,” says the 18-year-old senior. “I’m a quiet, shy person, anyway.”
“I love this show. It’s one of my favorites. And he’s one of my favorite characters.”
It’s the second musical of the spring for Steccato, who played Emmett in the Ursuline School’s production of “Legally Blonde” a couple of weeks back.
If you saw the Ursuline show, you’ll recognize a lot of the faces on the stage at Iona Prep.
Carolina Jarufe, who played Elle Woods at Ursuline, gets rid of the pink and provides the voice for the man-eating Audrey II plant.
Playing Audrey, the put-upon flower-shop girl who is drawn to bad boys, is Maria Regina H.S. senior Gloria Suarez of White Plains. The company also includes Michael McDonald as Mushnik and Devon Watson as Orrin Scrivello, D.D.S.
Musical direction by George Croom; direction by Jason Summers, one of the minds behind Westchester Sandbox Theatre.
“Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m., April 11 and 12; 3 p.m., April 13. $12, $8 students and seniors. At the door. No advance sales.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Iona Prep. Enjoy.