Elm Street Cultural Arts Village has gone somewhere that’s green in presenting “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical that has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years.
Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood.
“It has been such a pleasure being able to bring this cult classic to life in a new way,” said Brian Gamel, director for Little Shop of Horrors. He fell in love with the show after playing Seymour his freshman year of high school. Gamel added, “It’s very easy to imitate the movie version and while we honor the story so many people know and love, the cast also puts their own spin on these characters and really gets to the heart of the show.”
Little Shop of Horrors incorporates a small eight member cast as well as four Audrey II puppets that grow in size throughout the show, designed and built by Kevin Grab.
“This musical has everything you need — an outlandish story, tight and crisp harmonies, and visually stunning puppets that were built specifically for our production,” Gamel said.
The cast features Justin Spainhour-Roth as Seymour, Molly Penny as Audrey, Tony Vila — Mr. Mushnik, Adam Darby as Orin, Evan Martin as Audrey II, Ashley Martin as Crystal, Kelita Samone as Ronnette and Carli Harden as Chiffon, and Jason Fussell is the puppeteer for Audrey II.
The musical opened Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 6, and is perfect for theater fans, Halloween enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh and fun music. Little Shop of Horrors is rated PG-13 for language and themes of violence.
This production is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock. The Oct. 6 afternoon show will have American Sign Language interpretation.
Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 678-494-4251 or visit the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village website. To purchase, visit bit.ly/littleshop-tix-tribune.