Hinsdale South students buy into ‘Little Shop’

Hinsdale South junior David Petrak likes the space he has for interpretation playing Orin, the maniacal dentist in “Little Shop of Horrors” being performed March 13-15 at the school.

“It is great that I have room for my take on the character,” Petrak said of his role in the musical. “I can act him up. I can show how much of a horrible person he is. I like that I can play with the role.”

This is the seventh production at the school for Petrak. Although he and other cast members were not alive when the off-Broadway play or the 1986 movie of the same name were created, they were all familiar with the play before auditioning for parts earlier this winter.

“Most of them were familiar with the movie,” said Chris Kostro, theater director and an English teacher.

He noted this version of the play does not have the happy ending that the movie does.

“Everyone dies at the end,” Kostro said, watching cast members sing “Suddenly, Seymour” during a play rehearsal.

Kostro said overseeing an ensemble of about 70 students has its challenges, but also is a great experience.

In his second year at Hinsdale South High School, Kostro said he is continually impressed with the talent that his students display. He noted that before he took over the school’s theater program he watched a production at the school and was taken aback with students’ abilities.

“They are truly talented. There is no question about that,” Kostro said.

He said community residents, not just cast members’ parents and friends, should plan on attending a show. He said they will be supporting the students as well as getting an inexpensive evening of quality entertainment.

Partrice Batryn, a senior and Drama Club president, will play one of the Doo Wop Girls. She is happy to have the role that is heavy on dance movements as well as singing. A veteran of more than 10 Hinsdale South productions, Batryn said being in a musical has its own challenges.

“It requires so much energy” Batryn said.

Batryn will head to North Central College in the fall, coincidentally with the other two Doo Wop Girls — Emily Barham and Tatiana Murphy.

Both Barham and Murphy said despite the hours rehearsing and building scenery, keeping up with homework is easier their senior year compared to their more challenging junior years.

“If this was last year, I wouldn’t be getting any sleep at all,” Murphy said.

Barham encouraged residents to attend a performance.

“Hopefully, they will find it something fun,” Barham said.

Cast list

Seymour — Jack Cunningham

Audrey — Melody Rowland

Doo Wop Girls — Partrice Batryn, Emily Barham and Tatiana Murphy

Mr. Mushnik — Joe Kluge

Orin — David Petrak

Audrey II — Jimmy Ladd

Mrs. Bernstein/Ensemble — Lizzie O’Neill

Mrs. Luce/Interviewer/Ensemble — Emma Webster

Skip Snip/Wino 2/Ensemble — Damonte Sadler

Patrick Martin — Eric Kopicki

Customer 1 — Andrew Dittrich

Understudy/Wino 1/Ensemble — Brandon Isler

Customer 2/ Ensemble — Amelia Manley

Interview Jingle Girls/Ensemble — Grace Govostis, Jamie Erdmann, and Lizzie O’Neill

Chorus/Ensemble — Isabelle Amponin, Eduardo Davila, Aimee Ernst, Kristina Guchenia, Vince Pazera, Courtney Irwin, Abby Overmann, Seth Terrell, Danny Slawson, Charles Woods, Kayla Mejia and Michael Kenny

Production team

Lights – Devon Negron

Lighting Assistant — Kenny Impastato

Sound — Ricky Lopez

Sound Assistant — Barbora Dirmontaite

Assistant Directors/Stage Managers — Jen Cintron, Sam Duffy, Hayley Clark and Taylor Bartman

Props — Natalie Kulpinski, Alex Miret, Melissa Stienken, Alyssa Avitia, Danny Donovan, David Drenth, Samantha Hendrickson, Slywia Giza and Erin Chorazyczewski

Head of Ushers — Olivia Romaine

Set Crew — Shivali Patel, Elizabeth Tinnin, Anjie Polanco and, Nelly Polanco

Orchestra

Flute — Anna Chorazyczewski and Sara Wendte

Clarinet — Jackie Andersen and Emily Cintron

Tenor Saxophone — Julie Clarke

Trumpet — Eddie Andersen and Ricky King

Trombone — Megan Goldbranson

Keyboard — Jose Moreno

Guitar — Alex Gomez

Drums — Jakob Kocanda

It’s showtime Times: 7:30 p.m. March 13, 14 and 15 Where: Hinsdale South auditorium, 7401 S. Clarendon Hills Road, Darien Tickets: Available at box office before each show Other: The March 14 show will be interpreted

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