Thomas S. Wootton High School Players Bring Life to the Story of a Man-Eating Plant with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

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What do you get when you combine a nerdy, love-struck florist, a sadistic dentist and a giant, man-eating plant? Lots of dark humor and fun for the whole family when the Wootton High School Players present Little Shop of Horrors.“Wootton Center for the Arts students are going to bring tremendous creativity and a ton of energy to this incredibly fun and absurd musical,” promises Director Jessica Speck. In order to make the performance feel relevant and up-to-date, the Wootton artistic team “works with the students to give the material context, apply it to current events and filter it through the lens of the time period in which it was originally created. By educating the students in this way, it is our hope that such education is passed on to the audience through the freshness and thoughtfulness of their performances.”The technical aspects of the show prove to be ambitious. The man-eating plant will be represented by an amazing array of four puppets designed by Broadway artists and operated by the student actors and tech crew. The performance of the drama 39 Steps coming only one month after Little Shop of Horrors and Ragtime to be performed in the Spring puts tremendous pressure on the talented tech crew who is responsible for productions as well as many other school events. “With our show selections, educationally, we want to choose different time periods, different composers or playwrights and a variety of types of material (comedy, drama, etc).” Co-directors Jessica Speck and Carla Ingram, along with Ms. Daisley, Mrs. Herman, and Ms. Thorpe, choose material that will appeal to the community while challenging the current students (actors, musicians and technicians) artistically. “We take into consideration what talents in all three areas are evident at the end of the previous school year keeping in mind that we will get in a new crop of talent we haven’t even met yet!”

Little Shop of Horrors will be presented on Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30pm at Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville, MD. Tickets are available on the Wootton Website On-Line Store to the Center for the Arts http://www.schooltix.org/wootton, by downloading an order from from www.woottonpatrons-arts.org, by visiting the Box Office at Wootton High School, or 2 hours before show times. For information please call 301-279-8581.Adults: $12; Students: $8

Jessica Speck has been teaching in Montgomery County, MD for 15 years. She was the Drama Director at Whitman and Churchill prior to coming to Wootton, traveled with students to perform at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006 and 2009 and directed one of the first high schools to perform RENT: School Edition in 2008. She is a governing board member and trainer for the Cappies, the student critics and awards program that has their award ceremony for 60+ high schools in the DC-area each June at the Kennedy Center.  She is a certified Theatre, English and Math teacher who tutors the ACT and SAT 


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