Milford’s Jonathan Law High School was struck by tragedy, but the show must go on.
A week after 16-year-old Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death in the hallway, the school drama club – of which Sanchez was a part – will perform “Little Shop of Horrors” as planned.
The production will be held in Sanchez’s honor, according to drama department head Michael Mele.
Sanchez was a member of the drama ensemble and had volunteered to take on the role of pupeteering the plant at the center of the show, Mele said.
The group, still reeling from Sanchez’s death, has yet to decide who will take over for her, but Mele said production companies in New York City have reached out to the school to offer assistance.
In light of the tragedy, the group is changing the show’s original logo, which depicts letters written in blood, and will revise a few lines in the script referencing blood and violence.
The show will be held Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission and student tickets are $10 apiece. Tickets for senior citizens cost $5. Mele said he hopes the community will come out to show support.
The drama club will also remember Sanchez with a Beatles tribute show on May 17. Proceeds will be donated to a fun set up in Sanchez's honor, Mele said.
Community members will honor Sanchez at a vigil Monday night. Classes at Jonathan Law High School have been canceled for tomorrow.