Little Shop of Horrors: The Musical is being revived at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center through Sunday (Sept. 29). The cast has worked diligently to bring this classic story to the community. Directed by Haley Sue Pearson, shows are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Ville News recently spoke with Little Shop actors Aaron Echols (Seymour) and Rachel Humphrey (Audrey). Their edited responses are below.
Q: How is the musical different from the movie?
Echols: First, I would say….. the movie had two endings. The original ending was replaced by a lighter ending, that way you could see all the characters at the end. However, in the musical we are using the darker ending, to really set the tone of the show.
Q: What’s the best part of playing your characters?
Humphrey: What I really like about my character Audrey, is her optimsm. Me as a person, as Rachel, I’m very much a realist. However, to dip into a character that goes through a bad situation is very aspiring. She’s silly without trying to be, but it’s nice to dwell into a character that’s joyful.
Echols: For Seymour, he’s really similar to Audrey, but it’s more hopeful than optimistic. He’s a character that’s trying to make a better name for himself; he doesn’t focus on his past. The one thing that really keeps him going is his love for Audrey. When they work together, he knows that he doesn’t have a chance, but the idea is what keeps him progressing.
Q: Have you two done shows here before?
Humphrey: I have not, this is my first show at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center.
Echols: I’ve done quite a few: Little Women, Seussical, Charlie Brown, and The Grinch.
Q: Would you say you are close as a cast?
Humphrey: Oh yea, 100 percent! We have a small cast, and when you have a small cast it’s easy to get really close. You learn a little bit more about them everyday.
Echols: My experience with a cast is like a family, you’re really close but when the show is over you move on. However, you know a few more people than you did before.
Q: What’s the overall tone of the show?
Echols: Hope. I’m speaking for my character, but it’s just finding hope.
Humphrey: I think you’re right, Aaron. I would agree that there is a lot of hope. But the show is also a lesson of humans trying to control nature, and to some degree you can’t. So seeing that aspect too is interesting.
Story by Hannah Cunningham