West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Series will present “Little Shop of Horrors” in the college’s Center Stage Theater on Feb. 22, 23, and March 1, 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 and March 3, at 2 p.m., in the college’s Center Stage Theater
This deviously delicious and hilarious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, with infectious music that combines rock, Motown and Broadway, has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for more than 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.
The meek floral 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 intent towards global domination.
“Local audiences are going to be absolutely delighted by this production,” said Michelle Kiessel, the production’s director. “The work that has gone into the set, lighting, special effects, and audio has been phenomenal. Our production team (Dave Swanson, Adam Knudsen, and Amanda Collene) works so well together to carry out the vision of the show.”
Additionally, Susan Barnard is the production’s costumer, Marty Cupp is on as set painter, Scott Bentz as special effects painter, and Hay Hanger as graphic designer.
The “Little Shop of Horrors” cast is an excellent blend of experienced local actors, new-comers, and college students.
Stepping into the lead role of Seymour Krelborn is one of the area’s favorite actor/singers, Sean Gilbert. Kiessel added, “Sean is such a gifted actor and singer and was born to play this role.”
Kali Findley, a new-comer to the WSCC stage, is taking on the role of the iconic Audrey. “It was a pleasant surprise when Kali showed up for auditions back in December. It is wonderful when we can expand our theater family and welcome someone new,” Kiessel continued.
Playing the ill-tempered owner of Skid Flower Shop, Mr. Mushnik, is Paul Garland. Paul is no stranger to the stage and has also performed extensively in the Grand Rapids area.
WSCC student, Caleb Duran, provides the voice of Audrey II, the (spoiler alert) man-eating plant that puts Skid Row Flower Shop on the map and brings fame, love, and money to Seymour. Together with puppeteer, Dan Lubin, they make the various stages of Audrey II come to life.
Trenton Wahr, who has been seen locally directing and acting in Stage Left productions, is cast in the role of Orin Scrivello, the sadistic dentist with an addiction to nitrous oxide.
Erin Thibault, Marcelina Shriver, and Carlos Ortega, all WSCC students, make up the Do-Wop Greek Chorus style trio that harmonically sing their way through telling this hilarious and gruesome story.
Rounding out the cast is talented local actress, Kaija Luusua, and WSCC student, Joshua McGhan in a variety of comedic roles.
Backing up the cast of local singer/actors is a strong rock band, led by Ted Malt, the director of performing arts. Dutcher Snedeker is on piano and keyboard, Charlotte Betka is on keyboard, Tom Parks is on percussion, Jason Hargraves is on bass, and Dave Kosla is on lead guitar.
“As always, Ted Malt has put together a professional band that is going wow audiences,” said Kiessel.
Although the show is musical comedy, with a R&B flair, the show does contain some mature language and is recommended for ages 13 and up.
For more information and to purchase general admission tickets click here.
Customers can also call 231-843-5507, or stop by the box office located in Schoenherr Campus Center. Visa, Master Card, Discover credit cards are accepted.