Senior Bryan Detweiler has watched others take the lead roles in the SMFHS musicals for a while now, stating that the first time he ever desired to be in that position was all the way back to when he was in seventh grade.
“I started with musical theatre in [fifth] grade at Lakeview. I was 'Rooster' in Annie. From then, [theater] was just something that I've loved doing,” Detweiler said.
Detweiler now has gained the position he has wanted for so long now, as he will play Seymour this weekend in “Little Shop of Horrors,” the highly-anticipated SMFHS musical.
“Viewers should be super excited to see Little Shop because it is one of the best shows Stow has ever put on,” Detweiler said. “There are so many talented kids in the cast that there is never a 'low' point in the show. Viewers should also be excited because of the awesome set we have built!”
Seymour, the protagonist of the musical, discovers a wild plant one day that will later on become the ultimate villian to his hero. The plant, after all (voiced by senior Robert Moorhead, animated by senior Greg Dyer) talks, requesting food in the form of human flesh. When Seymour finds that his love interest, Audrey (junior Taylor Johns) is dating the abusive dentist in town (senior Alex Norman), he becomes faced with a choice that leads to the chaos that ensues: Feed the plant the dentist, or ignore the plants pleads and do the morally correct thing.
“The best part of having the lead has been proving to myself that I have what it takes to be a successful performer,” Detweiler said. “Having so many lines and so many songs has been a really hard challenge to overcome but I've done it somehow and I've grown as a person because of it.”
When Detweiler hits the stage this weekend, there will be two members of the crowd that mean the world to him: Mom and Dad.
“My parents have been huge role models throughout my entire life. I wouldn't be anywhere without them and I love them so much,” Detweiler said.
The senior is almost at the end of his high school days, and can soon reflect on what had been a great run; he credits the ETC School of Musical Arts as being his “second family,” stating, “[my] most memorable moments while performing have been with the ETC show choir.” Detweiler was also a main character in this year's Senior Class Play “Noises Off,” and has kept himself busy this year with the Band, Orchestra, National Honors Society and Drama Club.
This weekend's production of “Little Shop” has already sold a large number of tickets, but it is not too late to buy some today. General admission for students and senior citizens costs $8, and for all others the price will be $10. Reserved seats are still available at $12.