AKapelle kicks off musical theater journey with 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 11:24 AM AKDT
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A man-eating plant and some talented teenagers are pieces of a musical production in Anchorage.

A group called AKapelle is taking their talents to the stage for their first ever full musical production of Little Shop of Horrors.

AKapelle started with an elite choir called Da Capo and this is the first time they are trying their hands at musical theater.

The group started three years ago when two Anchorage musicians discovered many students were not able to participate in music outside of school, and many in-school performing arts programs were being cut.

While Da Capo performed during the holidays and even on a tour in Europe, the group decided to go in a different direction this year with their first ever musical production of Little Shop of Horrors. Organizers say they're working to provide a safe and fun activity to get teens involved in their community.

"Our experience in working with students over the past few years has been that the students that get involved in the fine arts the performing arts these activities, things that tend to happen more after school than during school really build a sense of community in the students that are involved," Tracy Simmons, Little Shop of Horrors director said. "It gives a place particularly for students who maybe don't have somewhere else to belong."

The play features more than 20 high school students as the actors and backstage crew and one two-year AKapelle member says the show is more than just a comedy about a man-eating alien plant.

“So there are a lot of underlying themes to this show," Corinne Johnson, junior playing one of the leads, Audrey, said. "I think the main one is just not falling the pit of greed and things like getting somewhere for yourself because there are always people around you."

The show continues this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 as well as a Saturday 2:00 performance. Information on tickets can be found

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