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      Students prepare for 'Little Shop of Horrors'

      In a community that loves its theater, its students and teachers work with the same passion to put on a good show. Gwinn High School's final production of its drama season is Little Shop of Horrors. Little Shop was first a Broadway musical, and then a cult film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. This production stars middle and high schoolers, but it's being directed and produced by an experienced instructor.

      "I've been teaching in Gwinn for 16 years, and over the last 16 years I've directed 43 plays and musicals. And, theatre really is my passion. I was privileged to appear in NMU's project "Les Miserables" last semester and I'm also directing for the Lake Superior Theatre Company this summer...the production of Pippin" said Dave Dagenais, Gwinn High Schoolâ??s Music and Drama teacher.

      For those who haven't heard the story of Little Shop before, the plot follows a struggling flower shop and its hapless employee Seymour, who lives a dead-end, unfulfilling life until he comes across the fascinating and seemingly harmless plant he nicknames â??Audrey II."

      Audrey II is most likely the most pivotal role to voice and sing for in the entire show.

      "It was a lot of fun, really. The plant's got this kind of distinctive...jazzy, bluesy voice. It's almost...I dunno...sounds like the devil. It's really fun to be" said high school senior Stephen Simpler, who provides Audrey IIâ??s voice in the production.

      The show will take place at Gwinn High School and will be two and a half hours in length, including an intermission. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

      Dave Dagenais says everyone is encouraged to attend.

      "This show is really for everybody. It's fun, It has a very good message. It's family appropriate, the plot gets a little bit scary but it's in a fun way. And, all ages welcome" said Dagenais.

      The play will have a total of four performances including one Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. along with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.