A kller plant will take the City College stage when a production of “The Little Shop of Horrors” debuts at the Saville Theatre at the end of October.
“We are performing the off-Broadway version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to coincide with Halloween,” said professor June Richards, head of City’s drama department and the director behind the production. “It is a charming, witty satire with music most of the audience will sing along too.”
“Horrors” is a musical that combines elements of comedy, horror and rock. With music composed by Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, the production tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an awkward florist shop worker who owns a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.
Menken’s compositions take inspiration from early 1960’s rock and roll, doo-wop, and even early Motown music.
The production is currently in rehearsals.
Auditions took place at the beginning of this month and concluded with the selection of 30 cast members. The cast will even include City faculty.
“The voice of Audrey the killer plant is going to be performed by City College counselor extraordinaire Tandy Ward,” Richards said.
It will debut in the fall, with the first performance taking place on Fri., Oct. 26.
The production will play for three weekends before finally concluding on Sun., Nov. 11.
Friday and Saturday performances will take place at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10. Cash or check will be accepted at the box office.
Free parking will be available in Lot 8 adjacent to the theatre. There will be a courtesy cart available for anyone needing assistance into the theater.
“The Little Shop of Horrors” began as a 1960’s black comedy film and quickly gained a cult following. It was directed by Roger Corman.
An off-Broadway musical inspired by the original movie followed soon after. A feature film version by Frank Oz followed in 1986. The subsequent success that followed helped the story enjoy a Broadway stage revival.
For more information call the Saville Theatre box office at (619) 388-3617.