'Little Shop of Horrors': Seymour (VIDEO)

Senior Bryan Detweiler plays the protagonist Seymour!

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.

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Glenn Duncan April 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Saw the show last night, and yes, it was one of the best ever. They really should consider adding more performances next week, The orchestra, the kids and the set were amazing.............
Cindy Pribonic April 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It was fantastic! The kids were so talented and the set was amazing. It was the best ever!
Jim D. April 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
We want more… Standing ovation for the cast and crew of Stow-Munroe Falls High School Musical, not to mention the Staff that Directed and designed this production. Wow - Most of the time I find flaws in productions that are easily seen right out in the open. Seriously – not this one… This musical was beyond High School performance level, from the elaborate set design and execution to the polished vocals of all the performers. I heard the hype and saw the posters around town, just the professional yet high quality appearance from this poster it struck my interest. Needless to say after watching the show on Friday night – I wanted more and would have paid 3x the amount to see it again. WOW - This cast was amazing. Seymour (Bryan Detweiler) was outstanding from vocals to acting. His comedic queues were never missed and enjoyed his story from rag to riches. There were times in the performances that I wanted to get up and dance with him as well as I shed a tear when he lost his love interest. Speaking of which – Audrey (Taylor Johns) is one to watch. This young lady is absolutely amazing. She played her character with perfection. Ms. Johns has the vocals of an angel and I would pay to go listen to her sing the alphabet. Between Bryan and Taylor’s character you could actually feel the chemistry and their timing on stage was AMAZING!
Jim D. April 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Not to mention – Mr. Muschnik (Zack Triscari), this kid is only a sophomore! His voice has a sweet tone that complimented everyone he sang with. Zack, Bryan and Taylor sang a song together ending in harmony - pure dessert for your ears. So you would think, “Ok so they have a few good kids…” – NOPE. The Plant Audrey2 played by Robert Moorhead and two puppetries. Robert’s voice was perfection. From his deep daunting sounds to his comic high pitched accents this kid truly hit a homerun, GRANDSLAM. I could go on about the entire cast – From the Ronnettes to un-believable Dentist – who at times made me laugh and other times my jaw dropped on how physical and convincing he portrayed his character.
Jim D. April 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So as I mentioned – I WANT MORE! Mr. Robert J Putka – You truly put together a nice show and your cast was nothing less the perfection. As you mentioned in your speech – your retirement is just a few days away… WOW. If I were you – I would box up that show and ship it to Broadway!


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