Pine Rivers State High School plants seeds for acting talent

Lily Eiseman as Audrey and Corey McKechnie as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, the 40th anniversary musical production for Pine Rivers State High School.

Thousands of past students have tread the boards in Pine Rivers State High School stage productions.

And this week the school at Strathpine will celebrate 40 years of musical theatre.

A musical from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman, Little Shop of Horrors features around 150 Pine Rivers State High School students from years 7 to 12.

It is about nerdy florist Seymour, his love interest Audrey, and a giant man-eating plant.

Joy Franz, head of arts at Pine Rivers State High School, said the school staged its first musical before Little Shop of Horrors had premiered in 1982.

“Pine Rivers has been doing musicals non-stop for 40 years with one every year and not repeated the same musical since 1977 with The Boyfriend,” Ms Franz said.

“In fact we did two musicals in one year because we had so many talented students.”

Little Shop of Horrors is on at the Graham Sprott Centre at Pine Rivers State High School, Ash Court, Strathpine on 27, 29 and 30 April.

All shows start at 7pm.

Tickets cost $16 for adults and $12 for concessions and are available at the box office on the night or via trybooking.

Source: The Westerner

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