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SDSS, DSS students ready to hit the stage

In-person live musicals are back at both South Delta high schools

Get ready to raise the curtains!

In-person theatre performances are back at both South Delta high schools.

After persistent focus and determination, learning together through challenges and adversity, both South Delta and Delta secondary schools are presenting live, in-person musicals this month.

First up is The Addams Family at SDSS’s Equinox Theatre.

The Addams Family’ is described as a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. The show is double cast with all the familiar characters from newsprint comics, TV and films, but surprises with an original plot line for the staged musical comedy. It incorporates all the hilarious humour and adds wonderful singing and dancing to the story.

The Addams Family is a very stylized show for our crew to sink their teeth into and it’s been a great learning experience for our students,” says technical designer/director Kate Prefontiane. “They feel a lot of ownership in bringing these very recognizable characters to life, while still keeping the feel fresh and fun.”

For musical director Danielle Hamilton, this will be her 18th production at SDSS.

“It’s a joke cracking, toe tapping, finger snapping, good time! See you all there,” she said.

Preview shows are April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. with the show running April 19 to 23 at 7 p.m. and a Saturday, April 23 matinee at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available online, reserved seating only at Eventbrite.ca (SDSS Addams Family).

DSS presents Little Shop of Horrors, the popular horror, comedy, rock musical.

The story follows a meek florist shop worker Seymour Krelborn who stumbles across a new breed of plant that he names Audrey II after his coworker crush. It feeds on human blood and flesh. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood.

The production team includes directors Karen Tsui, and Alicia Tobin, vocal director, Tsui, technical director Alex Dinwoodie, choreographers, Ann Matterson and Michael Kirk, costume designer Elaine Collins and public relations coordinator Stephanie Kates.

“We chose Little Shop of Horrors because we all love the show,” said Tsui. “The students are so happy to be able to do live theatre again and are very excited to show you the result of many months of hard work, dedication and fun.”

Tobin said it has been such a rewarding experience working with this talented and driven cast and crew.

“They have put together an unforgettable show that you won’t want to miss! We look forward to seeing you in the audience,” she says.

Dinwoodie gave props to the stagecraft kids, who she described as “amazing.”

“The majority of them have never worked on a theatre production before, but they’ve come in week after week and painted, and crafted, and built what promises to be an excellent show,” he said. “I’m super proud of them, and I hope they’re proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Little Shop of Horrors runs April 21 to 23 and April 28 to 30 at Genesis Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the show starting all nights at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door, available online at: https://de.deltasd.bc.ca/programs-courses/theatre/