Department of Theatre Presents “Little Shop Of Horrors”
February 28, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Department of Theatre will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7:30 p.m. from March 30 - April 1 and at 2 p.m. on April 2 in Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.
Based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, the production is a horror-comedy-rock musical written by Howard Ashman with music composed by Alan Menken, the same duo who would eventually create The Little Mermaid for Disney. The musical centers around a poor, unlucky florist shop worker who obtains and raises a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood, and the chaos that ensues.
The musical premiered in 1982 at a WPA theatre and subsequently moved to the larger Orpheum Theatre in New York for five years. Later, it received productions nationally and internationally before eventually being produced on Broadway in 2003.
Directed by assistant professor and Department of Theatre chair Kevin Kern, the Mount Union cast features theatre major David Lenahan '17 and theatre major Kayla Lehman '18 as the leads. Lenahan will play Seymour, the unlucky florist who discovers the man-eating plant, and Lehman will play Audrey, a hopeless romantic stuck in skid row. Faculty member Ron Hazelett, who leads the Musical Theatre Ensemble each fall, is the show’s musical director and will play the voice of the plant.
“We chose ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ because of its popularity and excellent music,” said Kern. “While the subject matter might seem gruesome, it’s such an oddball comedy that the show is really perfect for all ages. Shows like this one help fulfill our pledge to the city of Alliance that the Giese Center will become the place for cultural experiences that the entire family can share.”