AU Theatre Continues Season of Comedy: Presenting a Comedy Horror Rock Musical

AU Theatre Continues Season of Comedy: Presenting a Comedy Horror Rock Musical

1/31/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Theatre's “Season of Comedy from Stage and Screen” continues with “Little Shop of Horrors,” book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.

The musical debuted on the big screen in 1960 and became an Off-Broadway sensation in 1982. Ashland University’s production is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Fabio Polanco with musical direction by senior music education major Eddie Carney of Madison.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 23 and March 1, 2 in Hugo Young Theatre. A Sunday matinee performance is slated for Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. A talkback with the cast and crew will be held after the March 1 performance. Area schools are invited to attend a special school matinee performance on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. with seats available at $2 each.

This comedy horror rock musical is an affectionate spoof of the 1950s, sci-fi movies starring a hapless floral shop worker who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

The cast of nine include junior musical theatre major Jacob Poiner of Wellington as the lead character of “Seymour,” and junior musical theatre and vocal performance major Katie Mounts of Savannah as “Audrey,” the lead female character. “Mr. Mushnik,” the owner of the flower shop, is played by senior theatre major Jensen Glick of Hilliard while junior theatre major Mason Adams of Amherst portrays Audrey’s boyfriend “Orin.” The three female street urchins who function as “doo-wop” chorus girls Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon are portrayed by senior musical theatre major Johanna Regan of Killingworth, Conn.; senior music performance major Brandy Riha of Geneva and junior musical theatre major Kelsey Bowens of Willoughby, respectively. Senior theatre major Emily Plank of Cinnamon Lake will be the voice of “Audrey II” while junior theatre and journalism and digital media major Benjamin Isaiah Black of Akron is the plant manipulator.

The production's scenic and lighting designs are created by Assistant Professor of Theatre Scott Chapman and costumes are designed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Sarah Russell. Pierre Brault is the choreographer and junior general theatre major Hilary Rheinheimer of Cleveland is the sound designer.

Single tickets for the performances are $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.

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