By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter

Before planning your weekend, consider attending Springville Griffith Institute’s musical production, today or tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.

This year, SGI students will perform “Little Shop of Horrors,” a tale centered around Seymour, a florist shop worker, who discovers a bloodthirsty plant that subsequently changes his life. In addition to 30 cast members, there are about 20 crew members and a dozen pit musicians who aid in the production of the show.

Auditions were scheduled in November, and by December, the cast began preparing for the singing and dancing portions of the show. A few weeks ago, SGI high school music teacher, Julie Noeson, began working with the pit orchestra and the backstage crew joined efforts with the cast as the performance dates approached.

Isobel Hooker, a senior and student director of the musical, plays Chiffon, one of the principle supporting roles. She explained that she sings, dances, and acts, but also helps with management tasks as student director. This is her fourth year participating in the high school musical.

She commented on the experience, saying, “There are a lot of really good activities that benefit everyone in the high school, but this is one where everyone wins. The product is always wonderful. People come and see it. Your parents come and see it. It’s something that you can be proud of and everyone has their own part. If someone was gone, the entire musical wouldn’t work. You really are a piece of a bigger puzzle.”

Hooker also gave emphasis to the friendly atmosphere that comes hand in hand with this opportunity. “It’s a very loving, supporting environment that really encourages diversity,” she explained. “It’s one that is very safe for people who want to express who they really are. We’re all here to support each other and have a good time.”

Giving her opinion on why students enjoy the musical, Hooker said, “There are some kids who have been participating since they were younger and really enjoy the theatrical aspect of it. So, these are people who really like to act and sing and dance. There are some people who have just joined who really like it for that part, but who have also realized we are a big family here.”

Not only do students enjoy participating in the musical, but there is a lasting effect that will help students succeed in the future. “It helps you work with other people because you really have to be able to communicate,” Hooker added.

From a different perspective, Claire Mariea is a tenth grader acting the part of an urchin. She participated in a few musicals in elementary school, but did not decide to join again until last year. “I broke out of my shell,” she said. “I have always loved singing, dancing, and performing and this definitely gives me more confidence.”

“Overall, it shows you that if you work really hard, you get rewarded for it,” said Hooker, explaining the lesson that is learned from this experience. “When we’re really prepared for a musical and when we are doing our best and giving our best energy, the audience notices. And that preparation is essential to making the musical the best that it can be. Hard work pays off.”

Performances of Little Shop of Horrors will take place at the high school auditorium on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, and are available at the door and at