“Thank you five” echoed backstage as students bounced between dressing rooms and the costume shop before conducting their warm ups. Props were set on stage, lights were readjusted from the catwalk, and mics were taped on actors. As the house lights dimmed, theatre junior and ensemble member Carsten Kjaerulff stumbled to his feet to welcome the audience, and the cast rushed out of the wings for the opening number. The show’s beginning marked the end of Meyer Hall productions for this year.
“After four years at Dreyfoos, this is my final musical,” Reiter said. “This show means a lot to me: it’s my big role, I’ve made my best friends, and I’ve been able to be a leader and mentor throughout the process.”
For two hours, the audience watches as Seymour — a klutzy orphan with a big heart, carnivorous plant modeled after an avocado and venus fly trap, and hopeless desire to impress his coworker Audrey — navigates sudden fame through doo-wop and Motown-style songs originally created by Alan Menken in 1982.
“It’s such a fun show. It’s deep. It’s funny and it’s lighthearted at the same time, but it’s also kind of scary. It touches on every genre,” Trainor said. “I think music is so masterful, and through Audrey, I’ve been able to access a lot of myself in terms of heart and emotions.”