‘Little Shop of Horrors’ scares up drama nominations

May 29, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

The scene-stealing, man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors” scared up 13 nominations for the Liberty High School drama program in a statewide competition.

The bevy of nominations is for The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards to recognize musical theater at high schools across the Evergreen State. The honor is akin to a Tony Award for student performers and productions.

The drama program at Liberty, the Patriot Players, presented “Little Shop of Horrors” in late April and early May. The campy musical revolved around a carnivorous plant, Audrey II, a collection of limbs and vines crafted especially for the Liberty performance.

The program received nods for Outstanding Overall Musical Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Choreography.

Tucker Goodman earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role after starring as Seymour, a nebbish employee at a floral shop on a rough block. Jeremy Dodd received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role as the floral shop proprietor.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group. The latter nod goes to actors portraying a group of street urchins.

If you go

The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater

  • 7 p.m. June 4
  • The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle
  • Tickets — $27.50 for adults and $16.50 for students — can be purchased through participating schools.
  • Organizers plan to broadcast the ceremony in a live webcast on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ 5thAvenueEdu.

The recognition extended backstage to technical efforts. “Little Shop of Horrors” is also nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design, and Outstanding Lobby Display.

Sheady Manning-Bruce, Natalie Gress and Addison Halpin-Higmanas earned honorable mention recognition as the team behind Audrey II.

Issaquah High School earned honorable mention recognition for Outstanding Musical Direction for a fall production of “Fiddler on the Roof” — the debut musical at the school’s Performing Arts Center.

Overall, the awards program includes 191 nominations and 99 honorable mentions.

Statewide, 93 productions representing more than 9,000 students applied for consideration in the annual awards.

Nominated students perform excerpts from nominated shows at a splashy ceremony held June 4 before audience members at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Organizers expect 2,100 high school students — plus friends and family members — to attend the ceremony.

The nominations for “Little Shop of Horrors” mark the latest milestone for the Liberty drama program.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” — a stage production based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished murder mystery — garnered the Patriot Players a half-dozen nominations last year.

Goodman won the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced the nominees May 15. The program celebrates exceptional musical theater productions from the 2011-12 school year.

Liberty started participating in the awards program in 2005. “Seussical” in 2006 received 11 nods, the most nominations a Liberty show received before “Little Shop of Horrors.”

In 2010, “Into the Woods” earned 10 nominations and received awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in 2010. For a role as a prince in the musical, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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