Albion student was unseen star of Little Shop
By Abigale Wells, Albion High School student correspondent
ALBION – The Albion High School Drama Department performed its fall play, Little Shop of Horrors, on Nov. 6-7 to a large crowd in the Middle School Auditorium, and many in the audience were in awe of how the plant – Audrey II – came to life.
They wondered who played the plant and how the student made it seem so lifelike.
The student responsible for bringing Audrey II to life on stage was Connor Zicari. He had to play Audrey II at various stages of her development. Zach Shaffer was the voice of Audrey II. Somehow Connor and Zach made it all seem effortless.
“It takes lots and lots of practice,” Connor said. “The six weeks that we practiced, each second was spent trying to sync my movements with Zach’s voice.”
All that hard work showed during the performance. The plant truly brought life to the stage.
There were many layers of material used in order to hide the actors that were devoured by Audrey II. The numerous layers caused excess heat inside the plant.
“One of the biggest challenges of this role is dealing with the heat and sitting still inside the plant for so long,” Connor said.
Audrey II, in many ways, was the star of the show. Yet Connor was never seen by the audience, and that was fine by him.
“That doesn’t matter to me,” he said about public acknowledgement. “It’s fun being in the plant so I will take that over being seen.”