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Port Chester MS Stages Biggest Spring Musical Ever

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — More than 80 students from Port Chester Middle School left audiences in stitches with their performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" over the weekend. Show director and Music teacher Mark Zizolfo said that the elaborate performance was the biggest production the school's drama club has ever put on.

"This is a huge leap of the drama club," said Zizolfo. "This was a full-fledged, full-length show. Nothing was cut. This is exactly what a theater company or high school drama club would do. We even added a song!"

The musical is a comedy rock horror adapted from a 1960s film of the same name. It centers on a downtrodden florist on skid row who comes upon a talking plant with a taste for flesh.

Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding her growing appetite, finally revealing herself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

The students were responsible for almost every facet of the show — set making, sound and acting on stage, Zizolfo said. He praised the level of commitment each student showed to the production.

"It all started back in November with an audition book camp ," Zizolfo said. "I'm extremely proud of them."

To prepare for the show students spent two hours every three or four days rehearsing for 13 weeks. One day a week was devoted to dance, acting and stage crew.

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