CSS ready for the return of musical theater

DULUTH, Minnesota – Musical theater returns to the College of Saint Scholastica as they open their production of “Little Shops of Horrors” on Thursday, February 24.

The college returned to theater productions last fall with “The Frogs, A Modern Adaptation,” but it’s the first production with songs since the COVID pandemic began nearly two years ago. Nearly 50 students, staff, faculty, alumni and special guests are part of the cast, making it one of the biggest productions in recent years.

“This is my first time on stage since the pandemic,” says cast member Jenna Meyer, “and just being able to experience the rush that comes with performing and the excitement of opening and working with all these amazing people it’s so exciting to be back.”

For the first time, they will have stunt doubles ready for the four main cast members in case COVID forces them to self-isolate. The decision comes after the show’s director, Merry Renn Vaughan, was forced to cancel a show at UW-Superior last November due to a COVID outbreak with the cast.

Everyone involved says they did their part to keep everyone healthy and ready for opening night.

“I am very grateful that I was able to apply and use these COVID protocols to be safe when we were training and ready to open on Thursday,” said actor Sydney Hennes.

“The cast has been very diligent in following these protocols and staying as healthy and safe as possible, which is good,” says cast member Grace Brinkert.

“Our main goal is to keep each other and our audience healthy, and I think we’ve done everything we can to encourage that,” Meyer says.

The understudy will have at least two performances during the matinees of Sunday February 27 and March 6. Opening night will also feature an ASL interpreter for those who need it.

More information about the show can be found here.

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