By Lindsay Carey
A Plantsville teen has earned the spotlight in the Newington Children’s Theatre Company’s (NCTC) fall production of sci-fi spoof “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Southington High School sophomore Rachel Huff is stepping into a role she has always wanted to play.
“This is my favorite show ever. It’s really funny,” said Huff. “It’s like my dream role, so I was really excited to be cast.”
“Little Shop of Horrors” is an old musical about a florist who discovers a Venus-fly-trap kind of plant that feeds on blood. In the comedic show, as the plant continues to grow, it becomes more and more greedy, promising the florist fame and fortune to bribe her to continue feeding it.
Huff was cast as “Chiffon,” a role that not only requires acting ability, but strong musical skills as well. According to Huff, the character is a part of a trio.
“There’s a lot of tight harmonies in the show and the trio is supposed to be in sync,” said Huff. “I like doing harmonies a lot. It’s not really anything new, but it can be challenging.”
She also said the choreography for the show is difficult, because of this. Although Huff is a veteran, managing dancing while focusing on harmonizing is a challenging feat for many performers.
Managing all of her roles is another challenge for Huff. In addition to school and her role in NCTC, the Plantsville performer also manages to play field hockey.
“I have to run from school to field hockey to rehearsal and then I still have to get my homework done,” said Huff.
Despite her busy schedule, throughout the years she has made time for NCTC productions. Huff discovered the company the summer after her fifth grade year and the “Little Shop of Horrors” production is her seventh show there.
“It was the only theater program that I’d heard of,” said Huff. “Then after I did it, I made so many friends that I just kept coming back.”
She has starred as Little Sally in “Urinetown,” Charlotte in “13!” and Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” among other roles at NCTC.
Huff said she has also performed shows through school. She has done shows for both Kennedy Middle School and Southington High School.
“I like getting to explore different characters to show different personalities and getting to make every character my own,” said Huff.
Huff says she hopes to continue with theater even after high school.
“When I get to college I want to major in theater education and management,” she said.
The NCTC’s performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” will be on Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and then again on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
Performances will be held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington.
Tickets for the show are available for presale at 860.666.NCTC (6282) or through www.NCTCArts.org. Adult tickets are $15 in advance ($17 at the door) and $12 for seniors, students or children ($15 at the door). Tickets will also be sold at the door.
This production is directed by NCTC’s Executive/Artistic Director, Claire Van Cott and musically directed by Hartt School of Music alum, Tyler A. Boyle.
By Lindsay Carey