Quirk's Players to offer summer production


Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School are pleased to announce a new tradition – the return of a summer musical production for the greater Fulton community. The Fulton theatre troupe will proudly present the lively and entertaining Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors. The production will be performed over two weekends, August 11, 12 & 18, 19 in the air-conditioned G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 PM each evening and tickets will be available at the door.
 
“We’re very happy to be able to present a summer musical for our community,” stated Tom Briggs, Theatre Director at G. Ray Bodley High School. Briggs explained that plans to start a summer theatre program have been in the works for quite some time. “Thanks to the efforts of our booster club, The Friends of Quirk’s Players, we are now able to bring summer musicals back to the GRB Auditorium and to our community. We’re excited that Little Shop is our first production.”  
 
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a failing floral shop who happens upon a strange plant. Seymour affectionately names this plant “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush at the shop. Unbeknownst to Seymour, this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful rhythm and blues voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood.  As the Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood.  The popular sci-fi musical has an energizing score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that includes such memorable songs as, “Skid Row,”  “Suddenly, Seymour,”  “Somewhere That’s Green,”  “Dentist,”  “Feed Me,” and “Suppertime” to name a few. 
 
The production features a dedicated cast that includes current students as well as GRB graduates and alumni members of Quirk’s Players. “It’s been a treat to work with current students as well as several of our graduates who’ve returned to be a part of our first summer musical.  The community will be pleased to see many familiar faces from past Quirk’s Players’ shows on the Bodley stage once again,” Briggs remarked.
 
Nate Deavers, a graduate of GRB who recently received his MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology, stars as the unassuming Seymour Krelbourn. Kaitlyn Kinney, a GRB grad and a current student at Nazareth College, will play Seymour’s love interest Audrey.
 
Nick Kinney, a 2017 Fulton graduate who will be attending St. John Fisher College in the fall, appears as Mr. Mushnik, the grumpy and greedy floral shop owner.
 
The three “street urchins” – Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon, will be played by Clare Bawarski, Gina Babcock and Alexis Phelps, respectively. Bawarski is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a degree in theatre where she appeared in several college productions. Babcock is a student at Marywood University and Phelps recently completed her junior year at G. Ray Bodley High School.
 
Audrey’s mean and demented boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., will be portrayed by David Houck. Houck is also a 2017 graduate of G. Ray Bodley and will be starting his freshman year at Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall.
 
Audrey II, the evil and conniving plant that feasts on human blood, will be operated by GRB Grad Mitch Lalik. Lalik received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College this spring and will begin his teaching career in Rochester this fall. Brad Crofoot, GRB Grad and current business student at Cayuga Community College, will provide the voice of Audrey II.
 
Completing the cast as residents of Skid Row are G. Ray Bodley High School students Olivia Hawthorne and Kayleigh Hotaling, Fulton Junior High School student Sutter Lewin and Granby Elementary School student Harper Ells. Fulton Alum Joe Medico, a student in the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital, appears as a resident of Skid Row and also serves as the production’s stage manager.
 
Little Shop of Horrors is under the direction of Theatre Director Tom Briggs.  Mr. Robbie Padilla, a music teacher at Lanigan Elementary and Fulton Junior High School will serve as the production’s music director. Mrs. Peg Peck serves as rehearsal accompanist. Dances will be choreographed by Mr. Stephfond Brunson of Syracuse. Ms. Liza Grethel, music teacher and band director at J. C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix will conduct the pit band. Mrs. Natalie Lewin is coordinating props. Costumes are being designed by Mrs. Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes with Ms. Karen Procopio providing wigs.
 
“We hope that that community join us for our upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors and support our new summer theatre program,” Briggs stated. “We’re excited for this to be the first of many summer productions.”
 
Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.






Photo by Kelly LeVea