“Little Shop of Horrors” Review

The talent of the Edina High School Thespians is unquestionable, but when combined with an amazing story that fits the group as a whole, it creates something on a whole new level. That is exactly the effect that their latest production, “Little Shop of Horrors”, achieved when I went to go see it. It was definitely a great decision.

“Little Shop of Horrors” was perhaps one of Edina’s best shows I’ve seen yet. I don’t think I have ever laughed and cried from laughing so much in my life. The plot is perfectly ridiculous. I won’t give any spoilers, but it may or may not involve a giant carnivorous plant, a malicious dentist, and senior Max Kile dressed as a woman (which was worth the price of a ticket alone).

What I really loved about the show was that every single actor and actress was amazing. Not one minor character or chorus member was even remotely mediocre. At one point, I even attempted to spot a character who was even slightly out of character, and I could not. They were all good singers too. My biggest pet peeve is when you go to a musical and the chorus is out of pitch, but they were completely spot-on.

One of Edina’s best shows I’ve seen yet”

I have to give a shout out to a few characters who really made the show. The Doo-Wop girls, the fabulous group of six singers who seemed to appear out of nowhere, and break out into song, were probably my favorite characters. They could only be described as some kind of combination of the Spice Girls and Dreamgirls but somehow with more style.

Another well-deserved shout out goes to the amazing costumes and makeup. The costumes were a perfect compliment to the show’s plot, and only made it better.

One character that I also loved was the Dentist, played by junior Luke Eidsvold, who was humorously sadistic. He made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I have never loved and hated a character as much as him. The acting by the other leads played by Abigail Swoap, Dylan Rickard, and Alex Kaufman was phenomenal, and they made for perfect choices for the leads.

All in all, I honestly can’t think of hardly anything to criticize, although I have to say I was a little disappointed Max Kile’s prostitute character wasn’t made a bigger role. “Little Shop of Horrors” has an amazing cast, amazing crew, and ended up being one of the best shows I’ve seen at Edina in a long time. If you have plans this weekend I would suggest canceling them because you have got to see this show!