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BISFA takes on 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

BISFA takes on 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

It seems more than a little ironic that Liv Gilroy of Hagerstown wants to pursue a career in environmental sciences.

That’s because of the several roles the 17-year-old senior plays in Barbara Ingram School for the Arts’ musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” her most demanding is the body of the blood-thristy murderous plant Audrey 2.

“I’m the one who makes the mouth move,” she explained.

While she makes Audrey 2 dance, fellow BISFA student Judah Ickes is the voice.

Although the audience won’t know she’s inside the puppet, Liv isn’t bothered, especially because she has to jump from one character to the next and as well manipulate the plant’s mouth and body throughout the musical. 

“It could worse, but I like it. It’s fun to be able to jump between personalities and abilities and that kind of thing,” she said. “To go from being a homeless woman to suddenly a famous editor’s wife, to a plant. I think that’s fun. It it hard to change quickly, and crawl around and get in certain spaces, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Her favorite song in the show is “Feed Me,” which she does with Audrey 2’s caretaker and accomplice Seymour, played by BISFA senior Liam Clark. 

“That’s when I get to make the mouth move and dance around with Seymour as the plant,” she said.

But one thing is for sure, being the body for Audrey 2 is a workout. 

“I have to open when the screens and someone has to pour water in my mouth while I sit in the puppet because I would be absolutely ready to pass out at any minute,” she said. “It’s exhausting to have to remember the lip syncing and having the heavy puppet on you and rocking back and forth and moving it as much as you can. I’ve gained so much muscle mass in my arms.”

As Seymour Krelborn, Liam, 17, of Wiliamsport said he found just a little bit of himself in the plant-store sweeper.

“With the character I am a very kept to myself kind of person,” he said. “I kind of connected in the way Seymour, he’s kept to himself, does what he does and doesn’t really get out of his bubble.”

And just like Seymour, he appreciates the plants. 

“We have a lot of cool changes within scene to scene. It’s cool to see how the plant grows and progresses,” he said. “And also seeing how the characters change because the plant changes the characters mood and the aspect of how the show is portrayed, and that’s really cool.”

Liam, who plans to major in musical theater in college, said he hopes the audience enjoys the show as much as they have putting it on. 

“I hope people love the different aspects about this show, it might be different from other shows you might see,” he said. “There’s a lot of key parts in this show that you have to pick up on. And it’s really cool for anyone who watches.”

BISFA senior Krissie Neiman of Boonsboro said she’s been a fan of “Little Shop of Horrors” since she was a child, especially the music. 

However, the 17-year-old who plans to major in musical theater in college said Audrey was never a character she thought she’d play. 

“I usually play more sassy characters, and she’s more delicate, innocent damsel in distress,” she said. “But I really like how she’s just a genuine nice person, but that can get in the way of having people walk all over her.”

However, playing Audrey, who is in an abusive relationship, has taught her more about relationships. 

“It’s kind of hard because if it was me, Krissie Neiman, in that relationship I would have been out of there awhile ago,” she said. “It’s sad because so many people who are in relationships like that and just don’t know what to do and kind of a feel like they’re stuck. It’s taught me that if you need help to go get help. Like Audrey in the show, she could have asked Seymour and (shop owner) Mr. Mushnik for help, but never did. It taught me to look for signs because you never know who’s in that type of relationship.”

If you go ...

WHAT: “Little Shop of Horrors”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 3 and 10, Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 11; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12 
WHERE: Barbara Ingram School for the Arts’ Black Box Theatre, 38 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown
COST: $10. 

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