Horrors abound at Highland

Highland Secondary School drama department’s production of Little Shop of Horrors promises to give audiences a new “taste” of musical theatre.

Highland Secondary School drama department’s production of Little Shop of Horrors promises to give audiences a new “taste” of musical theatre.

It will be out with the old and in with the new.

The cast list of the biannual Highland Secondary school musical has been released, and many were surprised to find out that both lead actors have never performed in a musical before.

Joel Reimer (Grade 11 student) and Kaitlyn Phillips (Grade 12 student) are playing Seymour and Audrey, the two leading roles in Little Shop of Horrors, which will be onstage in early March, just before spring break.

It won’t be the first musical for many of the actors who were cast in the show, but for both Phillips and Reimer, it will be a new experience.

“I am super stoked about performing onstage for the first time in my life,” Reimer said.

Although Phillips has had lots of experience in singing (Valley Idol winner, junior section, season four), she has never acted before. “I’m really excited. It’s such a cool way to contribute to a successful Grade 12 year.”

In contrast, Reimer has done a little bit of acting, but has never done any singing. “This is the first time I will actually perform, and I think it will be one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he said.

Little Shop of Horrors will open March 8 with five performances, and will finish on March 12, just before spring break.

Tickets ($15) are on sale at Highland Secondary, Laughing Oyster Book Shop, and Videos ’n More in Comox.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7.

— Highland Secondary School