SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Residents from throughout central New Jersey, including South Plainfield’s own Stephanie Heim, will take the stage this month in the Woodbridge Community Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors. Heim, an incoming sophomore at Kean University, will appear in the ensemble. Performances will take place at the Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School July 20-22 and July 27-28, the show.
“This is my first show that I’ve performed in since going to college,” said Heim, who is working toward a bachelor’s of fine arts in theatre performance with a minor in dance. “I have been doing a lot of training vocally and with dance and am excited to be back on stage doing what I love to do.”
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a shy floral assistant named Seymour Krelborn who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names ‘Audrey Two’ after his coworker and crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B singing carnivore plant promises Seymour unending fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it blood. “Over time, however, Seymour discovers the plant’s out-of-this world origins and intent towards global domination,” said Heim.
“People should come see this show to see a musical that is unlike what they are used to,” she added.
Auditions for the upcoming production were held in mid-May with callbacks taking place the following week and rehearsals starting June 4. The show features a 14-member cast, with members hailing from several neighboring towns, including North Plainfield, Sayreville, Old Bridge, Warren, Fords, Edison, Woodbridge, and Robbinsville.
“I am looking forward to this show because I’ve never gotten to work with such a small cast before and it’s great to work with a cast that’s diverse in age and from around New Jersey,” said Heim.
In September, Heim will take the stage in the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Icon 2018 competition. Last year, she starred in the South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop production of The Drowsy Chaperone. A 2017 graduate of South Plainfield High School, Heim also performed in Legally Blonde, In the Heights, Addams Family, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additionally, she was also involved in the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy.
“The best part of performing is to share a story with the audience,” said Heim. “No matter what, you get to give a piece of yourself each night. You never know what to expect in live theater as the audience changes each performance.”
The Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School is located at 525 Barron Avenue in Woodbridge. Show times are as follows: July 20-21 and July 27-28 at 7:30 p.m., and July 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for children/seniors, can be purchased in advance at https://www.woodbridgecommunityyouthplayers.org/ticketsor through the Woodbridge Community Players box office at (732) 713-9262. Tickets can also purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to show time. For additionally information, visit https://www.woodbridgecommunityyouthplayers.org.
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