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  • 2014 Ravenswood Band is upping their game for competition season

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  • RAVENSWOOD - Hungry for a good half-time/competition show?
    The 2014 edition of the Ravenswood High School Marching Band under the direction of Nathan Corathers with field commander Dani Sinnett will “feed me” and you. But with their “Little Shop of Horrors” theme, let’s hope the feeding isn’t done on us by a man-eating plant from outer space by the name of ‘Audrey II.”
    “We’re doing ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’” said Corathers, during a break in daily band camp earlier this summer, “the musical and movie from the ‘80s. Our pieces will include ‘Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors),’ ‘Dentist,’ ‘Suddenly Seymour,’ ‘Suppertime’ and ‘Don’t Feed the Plants.’ We’re hoping to have an actual ‘Audrey II’ (the carnivorous shark-toothed Venus flytrap from outer space from the show/movie) built out on the field and a few more props set up with a little more money going into our show this year. There’ll also be a surprise or two. That’s the plan. We’re putting a lot more into our visual production. We’ve ordered flags and there will be a uniform change for our twirlers.”
    Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.
    The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production. Because of its small cast and relatively simple orchestrations, it has become popular with community theatre, school and other amateur groups. The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.
    The character of Audrey II is described as being “an anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty-looking pod that gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food with a taste for humans—blood and all.”
    The RvHS Band has 51 members for 2014, up from 39 last year, as Corathers continues to steadily build numbers. There are 20 brand new members this year and a baker’s dozen seniors.
    The band has added a competition at the Pumpkin Festival at Cabell Midland, and will return to VikingFest, Marshall University and Poca for competitions.
    The band will be an integral part of the special “100 Years of Red Devil Football” Homecoming on Saturday, October 11, with the traditional parade held Saturday morning, playing on Sycamore Street during the afternoon Tent City and Red Devil Walk, during pregame and half-time and performing their comp show post game.
    Page 2 of 2 - In addition, Carothers is seeking to put together a 100-member Alumni Band for Homecoming. “We’re confident we can do that,” he said. “We have a group that we know will participate each year, and we’re compiling a list and have sent stuff out.”
    The RvHS band had a super competition season in 2013, placing first or second in ever event. Only one in-state school in their division bested Ravenswood.
    Success and participation feed each other, Carothers said. “One helps the other. The better we do, the more want to join. The more that want to join, the better we do.”
    Carothers is assisted by Deborah Williamson and Kim Love coaches the majorettes.
     

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