Can you imagine comedy, horror, and rock’n’roll packaged into one musical? Last weekend USF’s College Players brought that unusual variety to life in their 150th annual spring musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Kelsey Magaña. The Musical was adapted into a film in 1986, starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, and has since become a cult classic.
The sassy Trio played by Kiana Budzinski, Haley Heidemann, and Marysa Robinson (left to right) were an audience favorite as they narrated the musical. (Photo by Danielle Maingot)
In choosing the musical, the College Players’ executive board gathers every year and decides what show they want to do, according to Keala Freitas, senior and voice of the plant in “Little Shop of Horrors.” “As for our 150th season, we wanted to do a big show that everyone knows. So we chose “Little Shop” because it was a movie and then a musical movie.”
The musical revolves around the young botanical genius Seymour Krelborn, played by freshman Cody Stabelfeldt, freshman, who made his College Players debut as Dr. Frank N’ Furter in last semester’s presentation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Seymour struggles for money working in a flower shop on the dilapidated Skid Row, until one day he comes across a peculiar plant, in which he names Audrey II after his love interest played by the charming Alison Collins, freshman. Audrey II influences Seymour to go through an odd series of events, eventually catapulting him into stardom…and crime.
“I’m a freshman so getting this role was the most amazing thing ever,” said Collins. “It’s extremely humbling.”
Despite the unusual storyline, “Little Shop” had no problem entertaining the audience. Sounds of laughter were maintained throughout the entirety of the show as a result of the witty dialogue, outlandish dance numbers, and delightful awkwardness emitting from the cast members.
“I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I wasn’t expecting it to be that funny,” Elle Rittler, freshman, said.
Amanda Rhoades, senior and member of College Players, saw the play twice. “It was very well delivered. It was effin’ hysterical to be honest. It was well-acted but contingent upon the audience.” Rhoades explained the audience was more responsive the second night she attended.
In addition to humor, the players won us over with their beautiful voices. Stabelfeldt’s voice added an indie rock edge to the goofy Seymour, while Collin’s lovely pitch echoed throughout the theater like a true Broadway star. The soulful voices of Haley Heidemann, sophomore, Marysa Robinson, freshman, and Kiana Budzinski freshman, were perfect for their roles as The Trio—a group of sassy young women narrating the musical.
“I’m totally impressed. Their voices were great, and The Trio’s dresses were beautiful,” Eiselle Ty, freshman said.
Each and every one of the players starring in the show brought their A-game, making every student in the audience wish they could be a part of the College Players. To no surprise, the show ended with a standing ovation, proving that USF should be incredibly proud to be home to such amazing talent.