KENWOOD — It’s that time of year again, the time for the Penns Manor High School musical to come to life.
This year the club will be running under Rebecca Lingefelter, who is returning for her second year as the adviser.
The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented on April 4, 5 and 6. The shows will have a 7 p.m. start time on Friday and Saturday and a 2:30 p.m. start on Sunday.
Lingenfelter is no stranger to Penns Manor’s fine arts department. During her high school career, she participated in County Chorus, County Band, District Band, Regional Band, IUP Honors Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, concert band and marching band. Last year, she served as the musical director for the production of the Broadway show “Little Women.”
She went on to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying flute under Dr. Therese Wacker and Vincent DuBeau as well as performing in the IUP Concert Band.
In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, in addition to a minor of studies in flute and music. She went on to serve as province officer for Sigma Alpha Iota – International Music Fraternity for Women, supervising chapters in western Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2012.
The first meeting for the spring production was held in the early fall, where officers were nominated by their peers.
Students who were nominated then went on to write an essay presenting their case as to why they deserved the position they were nominated for. Lingenfelter collected the essays and a panel of judges and volunteers evaluated and scored the papers.
Students were then announced for the positions. Claire Kirsch was named musical club president; Brad Remaley, vice president; Aimee Kirsch, secretary; Shelly Goehring, treasurer; Eden Bailey, stage manager; and Abby Spiaggi, head of the public relations committee, with Devin McClain and Catherine Fackler serving under her. The show was announced later in the fall, and preparations were made for audition processes.
On Jan. 14, auditions were held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with students singing “Suddenly Seymour,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” or their own piece that they selected. Two monologues, one for each gender, were also provided for students to memorize.
The results were posted early in the morning on Jan. 17.
The cast will include six skid row girls, instead of the traditional three. Crystal will be played by Shelly Goe-hring; Ronette will be played by senior Devin McClain; Chiffon will be played by senior Miranda Labardini; Melody will be played by eighth-grader Catherine Fackler; Roxi will be played by junior Morgan Johnston; and Donna will be played by sophomore Aimee Kirsch.
Additional cast members are Seymour, who will be played by junior Bradley Remaley; Audrey, played by senior Claire Kirsch; Mr. Mushnik, the shop owner, played by sophomore Mitch Meagher; Orin, the sadistic dentist, played by Conner McClain; the bloodthirsty, man-eating plant, Audrey II, played by junior Abby Spiaggi; the TV producer, played by eighth-grader Alecza Remaley; the magazine editor, played by eighth-grader Cassie Keith; and the lecturing agent, played by ninth-grader Allie Ringler.
Additional characters living on skid row will be played by sophomore Kevin Clark and ninth-grader Bryce Carrick.