August 15, 2018

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Opens Sept. 23 at Ivoryton Playhouse

Audrey II outside the Playhouse (photo by Krista May)

Audrey II outside the Playhouse (photo by Krista May)

IVORYTON – Wednesday, Sept. 23, marks the opening of the sixth show of the Ivoryton Playhouse’s 2015 season and it arrives fully fanged and demanding blood! A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Meek flower shop assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R & B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn … as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and dastardly intent towards global domination …

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors has been a worldwide success for over 30 years.  The music, in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.

Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Larry Thelen (Dreamgirls, La Cage Aux Folles), musical directed by Robert Tomasulo and choreographed by Apollo Smile. The cast includes Playhouse favorites Nicholas Park* (All Shook Up) as Seymour, Carson Higgins* (Memphis) as Orin,and David Conaway (most recently The Seven Year Itch) as Mushnik. La’Nette Wallace (All Shook Up) will be joined by Azarria White, and Denielle Marie Gray as Urchins and Laura Woyasz* makes her Ivoryton debut as Audrey.

The Puppet is voiced by Steve Sabol and puppeteer is recent UConn puppetry program grad, Austin Costello. Set design is by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Vickie Blake.

A tongue in cheek musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors will make you think twice before you buy that potted plant!.

Little Shop Of Horrors opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse runs through Oct. 11, 2015. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.  Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main St. in Ivoryton.

Little Shop of Horrors is generously sponsored by Citizens Bank, The Safety Zone and Comcast.

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