What harm could there be in a mysterious little plant that a lowly worker finds and brings to the floral shop where he works? Find out as the plant grows and develops an insatiable thirst for an unusual beverage – demanding ever-increasing quantities of blood.
For the first time, CenterStage brings Audrey II and the rest of the Little Shop of Horrors to the Jewish Community Center, October 27-November 13.
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of floral assistant Seymour Krelborn (Chris Bryant) and his co-worker Audrey (Lauren McCombs). Seymour finds the plant and brings it to Mr. Mushnik’s (Rusty Hale) Skid Row Florists. Naming it Audrey II (Nick Duett and Rush Trowel) because he is secretly in love with his co-worker, Seymour is baffled by the plant’s lack of growth until it accidentally gets a drop of blood. Will Seymour be able to keep up with the incessant demands to “Feed Me” from Audrey II?
CenterStage’s production of Little Shop of Horrors will be different than the familiar movie version. The play is still brimming with humor, but has a much darker side than its cinematic cousin. The musical started Off-Broadway in 1982 starring Ellen Greene as Audrey and winning Best Musical from Drama Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. Little Shop was revived on Broadway in 2003.
“After 15 years of directing musicals there are only a few left on my list to get my hands on. Little Shop of Horrors is one of them,” says CenterStage Artistic Director John R. Leffert. “I love the complex, quirky characters and the way the story is told through a Greek chorus. It celebrates a simpler time in America and the great B horror movies with perfect rhythm and humor even at its darkest moments. You cannot help but love all the characters – even the ‘villains.’ Little Shop of Horrors at CenterStage is going to be the fall show to see!”
CenterStage will present Little Shop of Horrors Thursday, October 27; Saturday, October 29; Monday, October 31; Thursday, November 3; Saturday, November 5; Monday, November 7; Thursday, November 10; and Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, October 30, November 6 and 13, at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $18 per person. As long as there are tickets available, there will be twenty $10 rush tickets available for weekday performances. Rush tickets must be purchased in person at the Jewish Community Center on the day of show prior to 5 p.m. For information or ticket reservations, call 459-0660.