Little Shop of Horrors Theatre Production

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April 15-16
April 20-23
7:30 pm
April 16, 23
2:00 PM
Flexible Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken

Directed by Dr. David Sollish

In 1995, I had my first experience with Little Shop of Horrors. Working with the West Virginia Public Theatre, a professional company located just south of Pittsburgh, I was cast as an understudy for ALL of the male roles.

What a delightful and educational experience to be able to study and learn all of the intricacies of these amusing and iconic characters! That production was only the beginning; subsequently, I have had the opportunity to work on Little Shop five additional times playing the roles of Seymour and Orin and directing the production three times (including another mounting of the musical at WVPT in 2009). This Belhaven presentation is my seventh production of the musical in all and, in many ways, my favorite.

Little Shop of Horrors began Off-Broadway—back in 1982—as a campy homage to the cult-classic Roger Corman film from the 1960s. Since then we have seen the musical spawn a major motion picture, Broadway and London productions, numerous tours, and it has become a staple in the regional and educational theatre. This very popular show provides a thorny (pun intended) dilemma for a director, especially one who has such a history with the script: how do you stage a piece of theatre that has been done SO many times before?! What you will see tonight is a staging of the piece that I have tried to make unique to my experience and to the show itself. I have been blessed with an amazing cast, crew, and production staff that has been patient in this process and willing to go along with me on a journey quite new and exciting. We hope you will enjoy it!


Little Shop of Horrors Scene

Cast
A Voice Not Unlike God’s - Brandon Randle
Crytal - Courtney Holifield
Chiffon - Tori Turnbow
Ronnette - Kyra Smiley
Mrs. Mushnik - Madison Parrott
Seymour - Samuel McFatridge
Audrey - Michaela Bowen
Wino / Voice of Audrey II - Zak Blatché
Wino / Audrey II Lead Puppeteer
Wino / Mr. Bernstein / Puppeteer
Customer - Christy Robeson
Ensemble / Patrick Martin - Benjamin Shrader
Ensemble / Puppeteer - Melissa Rey
Ensemble / Mrs. Luce - Alice Bryant
Ensemble / Skip Snip - Brandon Smith
Mr. Chang / Orin Scivello, DDS / Puppeteer - Jonathan Dickson
WSKID Announcer - Brandon Randle

Understudies
For Audrey, Crystal, Chiffon, Ronnette - Melissa Rey
For Seymour, Orin - Joshua Pirtle
For Mrs. Mushnik - Sonja Häkkinen

Musicians
Conductor/Synthesizer - Christopher Phillips
Associate Conductor - Jessica Ziegelbauer
Keyboards - John Barnts
Guitar - Steven Craig
Percussion - Justin Nipper
Bass - Joseph Craven

Artistic Team
Director & Choreographer - Dr. David S. Sollish
Musical Director - Mr. Christopher Phillips
Accompanist - Mr. John Barnts
Scenic Coordinator - Mrs. Rebekah Bert
Lighting Design - Mrs. Rebekah Bert
Costume Designer - Mrs. Becky Freeman
Sound Designer - Mr. Frank Dolansky
Makeup Designer - Morgan Hillman
Props Mistress - Alecia Gray
Stage Manager - James Kenyon
Assistant Stage Managers - Rachel Loftus/Michael Tobin
Production Assistant - Rebecca Lapeyre
Assistant Choreographer- Samuel McFatridge
Dance Captain - Samuel McFatridge
Fight Captain - Megan Cash
House Manager - Hannah Kenyon

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