If you could have everything you ever dreamed of — money, fame, the girl/guy of your dreams with only one catch that you had to keep feeding a plant human blood. Would you be willing to do it? That’s the question posed in an upcoming stage production.
The Aracoma Story Inc. invites you to come out and enjoy one of the world’s most popular musicals. “Little Shop of Horrors” opens on Friday, November 11th at the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and runs for two weekends. Come enjoy an evening of laughs and Doo-Wop songs as the world crashes down.
When a socially awkward floral shop clerk named Seymour finds a bizarre new plant after a solar eclipse, he and his colleagues quickly discover that this odd looking seedling may be the key to drawing new customers into their floundering Skid Row flower shop.
Naming the Venus Fly Trap looking plant Audrey II in honor of the quirky and beautiful store clerk he has a crush on, Seymour begins to nurture the little seedling with the only thing it wants to eat — Seymour’s own blood.
Inspired by the much darker and less campy 1960 Roger Corman film of the same name, this rock musical version of “Little Shop of Horrors” by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman premiered Off Broadway in 1982 before enjoying a successful run on Broadway and in London’s West End, eventually inspiring a film version by veteran puppeteer Frank Oz. The show was eventually brought to Broadway in a big budget revival.
The show features some of the area’s best talent. Leading the cast in the role of Seymour is Brandon Hill, who last played Cogsworth in TAS’ summer production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”. The role of Audrey will be portrayed by Kaylea Egnor, who was a Silly Girl this past summer. Mr. Mushnik is portrayed by Curtis Crum, who was the Beast in the previously mentioned show.
“Little Shop of Horrors” is directed by Bill France, who directed “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” “The Addams Family” “Grease” and “Hairspray”. Charles Wallace is making his debut as music director. The show is produced by The Aracoma Story Inc. and your local State Farm Insurance agents.
Performances run two weekends: November 11, 12, 13 and Nov. 18, 19, 20.
Shows will start Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gatti’s at the Fountain Place Mall or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585040. Tickets will also be available at the door, the day of each performance.