Teens put on Little Shop of Horrors in Ellsworth

Updated 3 months ago

Young actors in Ellsworth are getting ready to put on a creepy, and funny, play.

They’re from the Grand Theatre’s School of Performing Arts Summer Teen Theater Camp.

“We have kids who’ve grown up in this theater. And, they start with the little camp at age seven, work their way up through that, and eventually some of them come back for some of other productions as well,” said Gail Thompson, Executive Director of the Grand Theater.

During the Grand’s School of Performing Arts Summer Teen Theater Camp, kids get four weeks to put together a production.

“This gives them an opportunity to practice and to learn and we also offer children the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of it, too,” said Thompson.

“90% of what I do is just casting. And, 10% is just figuring out how to get from point a to point b, and everything else is the kids,” said Robin Jones, program director.

This year they’re putting on the Broadway classic, “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“I volunteer at the Grand almost every weekend and I just love coming into my local theater and having this opportunity,” said Theo Dumas, a junior at Ellsworth High School.

“It’s walking distance from my house, like I don’t have to wake up at like six o’clock in the morning and take this two hour long bus ride to camp or something. It’s just right there,” said Emma Henry, an Ellsworth Middle School eighth grader.

Organizers say opening night Thursday brought in an audience of one hundred plus.

“It’s just a treat to see these kids. They bloom when they’re on stage,” said Thompson.

“I love watching people who love what they do, and that’s here at this theater in this camp every single year,” said Jones.

Everyone’s invited to come see the play.

There are shows Friday night and Saturday night at 7 and a matinee Saturday afternoon at 2.


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