Full disclosure: Peekskill director Scarlett Antonia is not a big fan of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
The show was selected before Antonia — who breathed life into Peekskill’s theater program years ago, but had moved on to other things theatrical — was drafted to direct.
Still, even with her leg in a brace (don’t ask), Antonia sees the value of the character work her students are doing.
“Little Shop” isn’t about dancing. It’s about characters.
“It’s a real challenge for them to work this way,” she says. “This is a stretch.”
If it is a stretch, they seem to be doing just fine. At a recent rehearsal, they ran the opening number “Downtown” with energy and focus.
“Little Shop” marks the final spring musical for a slew of Peekskill seniors, kids who have grown up in the auditorium with the bright orange seats, including Emmanuel Henry, Somoya Jimerson, Sterling Fite, Jennilyn Curtin and Sheridan Alexander, who plays Seymour.
Peekskill’s is one of three productions of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman doo-wop musical on stage this weekend. Mamaroneck and Rockland Country Day are staging “Little Shop,” too.
(Photos by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)
“Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m., April 25; 2 and 7:30 p.m, April 26. $15, $10 students, $5 for those 10 and youngers. 914-737-0201.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Peekskill. Enjoy.