YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “Little Shop of Horrors,” the comedy horror musical, opens Friday, October 29 at Youngstown State University Theater and takes place over two weekends at the Ford Theater on the lower level of YSU’s Bliss Hall. .
The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets cost $ 16, with special rates available for students, seniors, alumni, and groups of eight or more (free for YSU students with valid ID). Call 330 941 3105 to reserve or visit YSU.tix.com.
The show is based on the Roger Corman film and features lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.
Directed by guest director Ian Silverman, “Little Shop” begins with the gentle flower shop assistant Seymour, who yearns for his colleague Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood.
The growing factory is attracting a lot of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend Orin to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must find more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.
“I enjoyed watching the students grow up through this process so much,” said Silverman. “This show has been a tremendous undertaking for the department, especially coming back from the challenges of the past 18 months.”
A director of musical theater and opera productions, Silverman has traveled the country working with some of the best directors and performers in the industry.
He has extensive experience with new works that address today’s social and political issues. Silverman also specializes in crossover work, blending the lines between musical theater and opera.
The cast members of “Little Shop of Horrors” include Lexi Cerny, Machiah Davis, Lacey Farina, Trinity Thomas, Tommy DeLuca, Elise Vargo, Samantha Gurd, Adam Dominick, Kyle Hudson, Nathanael Montgomery, Rue Deja, Minnie Dischert, Mallory Erhart and Meredith Pallo.
The production will include live music by the Musical Theater Ensemble, directed by Kent Engelhardt. Members include Alex Foose, Maria Mangine, Mason Tribelo, Noah Landry, Mike Miller, Devin Zerjav, Jo’El Harrison and Owen Davis.
Pictured: Tommy DeLuca, Adam Dominick, Samantha Gurd and Nathanael Montgomery star at the University Theater “Little Shop of Horrors”.
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