‘Down on Skid Row’

NCP wraps up renovation, will open ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

'Down on Skid Row'

Zoe Spicer, Chief Copy Editor

The North Canton Playhouse, known to most Hoover students as the Lecture Hall, went under construction at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. At the end of October, the stage will be christened with the opening of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Matilda Pablo, a Hoover sophomore, will be playing one of the leading street urchins of Skid Row. To her, being in the first show to use the stage is an exciting prospect.
“I think that us being the first ones to perform on the stage will be remembered,” she said. “I feel kind of honored.”
Hoover freshman Ava Wadley is also a part of the cast. Though the old theater holds many memories for her, she realizes the potential and benefits of the new space.
“We get all the perks of having clean dressing rooms, a large audience and we go down in history as the first show,” she said.
The director of the show, Mr. Tyler Jensen, is looking forward to taking advantage of the new space as well.
“I’m really excited to have the use of the theater seats,” he said. “Hopefully we can make full use of [the new scene shop and backstage area] and it will make things run smoother.”
Being the first show to use the new space is not the only first for Jensen.
“This is my first venture into directing with the North Canton Playhouse,” he said. “It’ll be an experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what these students can do.”
Though he has high hopes, he is aware of the difficulties ahead.
“[In] ‘Little Shop’ there is a lot of harmony work,” Jensen said. “It’s a vocal heavy show, so that will be the challenging part, to keep those in ship shape from now until show time.”
In addition to the vocal challenges, Jensen foresees obstacles more technical in nature.
“Different technical elements like puppetry and stuff are always hard to bring together,” he said. “Especially when we don’t have a lot of time, and we’re going through renovations, and we’re not sure when everything’s going to be built and ready to practice with.”
One aspect of the show Jensen is not worried about is the talent of his leads.
“I think the two main leads and also our other leads fit their roles really well, so they’re kind of perfect for their parts,” he said. “I think a lot of their natural personalities will be an asset for how they play their roles because a lot of times with acting, you bring a lot of yourself into it.”
Pablo also believes her personality will lend itself to her role.
“I think [I will bring] sassiness because we’re the urchins so we have to be kind of [criminal],” she said.
She is unafraid of the challenges her part presents.
“I’m looking forward to singing all of the songs and all of the harmonies,” Pablo said.
Another feature of the show she is looking forward to is working with a cast full of close friends. Additionally, she has thoughts on what the community has to look forward to.
“It’s going to be a really good show, and it’s not just a little kids show,” she said. “I think that any age would enjoy it.”
Besides the broad audience the show can appeal to, Jensen believes the distinctive characteristics of it makes it worth the price of admission.
“It’s a very unique show,” he said. “It’s a very fun show. It’s got everything. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’s got fun puppetry elements to it, it’s got some sci-fi, but even if you don’t like sci-fi, it’s still just a really fun show.”
“Little Shop of Horrors” opens on Halloween and runs through Nov. 10.
“We’re only a couple of days into rehearsal, but I can already see great things,” Jensen said. “You should definitely come check it out.”