Meet the Cover – Paulding County High School’s Little House of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors presented by Paulding County High School is a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, and has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind dark, yet charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy. Little Shop of Horrors is definitely one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouther, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD! Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent are towards global domination!

 

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Michael Palmer is Seymour. Art is Michael’s passion, no matter the form – drawing, painting, acting, etc. He got involved in theatre his freshman year and has since participated in Addams Family, Cinderella, Legally Blonde and more. Michael enjoys the bonds and traditions of the friendships that have been “born on stage” and “would not trade them for the world.” Also at PCHS, Michael plays the sax and is in the marching band. He is a junior and the son of Lisa and Mike Palmer. His future plans include college and studying the performing arts.

 

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Tannalee Poythress portrays Audrey and has been involved in theatre for three years. She loves being able to express her personality, interests and talents through singing, acting, and dancing. Tannalee has been involved in Legally Blonde, Cinderella and The Addams Family. As a junioy at PCHS, she also participates in the marching band, color guard, Drama Club and chorus. She plans to major in Musical Theatre and it is it her dream to perform on Broadway. Tannalee is the daughter of Sammy Pythress, and Ryan and Trent Furr.

 

 

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Sa’d Davis plays Mr. Mushnik. He is a junior and his parents are Alissia and Que Evans, and Thaddeus and Rebecca Davis. He has been involved in theatre for six months, previously participating in Legally Blonde; and has already developed a passion for entertaining with his comedy and letting his personality shine. For the three years Sa’d has been at PCHS, he has been in the band and a member of the marching band. After high school, he plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Theatre, then a Masters in Fine Arts.

 

 

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Elliott Bedell portrays Orin the Dentist. He has been involved in theatre for four years and has participated in Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family and Cinderella. He enjoys the opportunity that theatre gives to be someone different and entertain others. Also at PCHS, Elliot is in the marching band, youth group, Sound Board, Beta Club, Drama Club, and Thespian Society. Elliott is a senior and is the son of Schelley and Edwin Bedell. After graduation, he plans to attend college and earn a degree.
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Jalen Reed is a senior and the Voice of Audrey II. He has participated in theatre for four years and has worked on The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, Subtext and more. For Jalen, theatre is a place where he enjoys being with friends and the journey of creating a show. At PCHS, he also participates in National Thespian Society, Beta Club, National Honors Society and is the President of the Drama Club. Jalen is the son of Maryum Boykins and after graduation, he plans to major in Theatre and become a drama professor.
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PCHS’ production includes a double-trio of the background singers Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon who set the scene and comment on the action throughout the show. Crystal is played by Mohau Mbesa and Aleecia Greene; Chiffon is Abigail Roper and Hailey Hamilton; and Ronette is played by Josi Spurlock and Savannah Wilder.
There are over 50 performers and crew in this production of Little Shop of Horrors. All are amazing young people, and their hard work and dedication will definitely shine on show nights! There will be memorable songs, wonderful sets and an actual MAN EATING PLANT! This production is directed by PCHS Drama Instructor Matthew Pavlak and PCHS Choral Director Ginger Corley, and choreographed by Tammie Roper.
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Performances are April 25, 26 and 27; Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and April 28; Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $8.00 at the door or online https://gofan.co/app/school/GA5227/Musical; and will be held in the PCHS Performing Arts Center located at 1297 Villa Rica Highway in Dallas. 770-443-8008.
*See the Community Spotlight for information on more high school musicals and fine arts events.