Audiences got a sneak peek on Saturday of the Yadkin Arts Councils upcoming performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The production will take place in the Willingham Theater at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center Oct. 11-13 with 7:30 p.m. shows and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14.
The play tells the story of an orphan, Seymour, who is adopted from the streets of Skid Row by the grumbling proprietor of a failing flower shop. Restless and hopelessly in love with his co-worker, Audrey, Seymour finds a bizarre plant which begins to change his life in unimaginable ways, and then begins to talk, and then begins to eat people.
Hilarious and full of some of the most undeniably catchy tunes that musical theater has to offer, Little Shop of Horrors is the one show you don’t want to be left out of this season, said a press release from the Yadkin Arts Council
Jessie Grant is directing the show, with musical direction by Charlie Kluttz and choreography by Luke Miller.
“The music of this show is of an era I adore, as well as the tight, deceivingly easy sounding harmonies that are ever present in this score. Also, the campy humor of ‘Little Shop’ is something that you don’t see on stage much, and to get to teach that type of dark comedy acting is such fun,” Grant said.
The ever-growing plant is another interesting challenge of the show.
“Getting to create a character like the Audrey II is a creative challenge, and puppetry is a performance art in and of itself,” Grant said. “Combining the vocal performance off stage from one actor with the physicality of multiple puppeteers on stage has proved to spark creativity and collaboration in ways that just a single human actor takes for granted. We enjoy challenges and think of them as opportunities.”
Tickets are $22 and may be purchased in person, at yadkinarts.org, or by calling 336-679-2941. For more information, email email@example.com.
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