"Look out! Here comes Audrey II!!" A man-eating plant from outer space is arriving soon at Harford Technical High School.
Harford Technical High School's Cobra Theatre Company will be presenting Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's campy musical "Little Shop of Horrors" in the William H. Amoss Performing Arts Center from March 22 to 24.
This small, but talented cast will present the musical adaptation of the 1960s low-budget horror movie.
The musical tells the story of Seymour Krelbourn, a down-and-out floral assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in urban Skid Row.
Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. After bringing the plant to the store, he gains fame, fortune and love with the beautiful floral assistant, Audrey.
But soon, the plant, called "Audrey II," grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, carnivore, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!
The show is filled with 1960's rock-and-roll and doo-wop styled songs like "Skid Row" and the title song. Plus, other famous and familiar numbers like "Suddenly Seymour" and "Somewhere That's Green." It even includes a darkly humorous ditty from the sadomasochistic "Dentist."
Directed by Jessica Brockmeyer, the cast will certainly entertain audiences, although because of the themes, parents may want to accompany younger audiences.
Music direction is by Michelle Hosier and Jessie Numbers, with choreography by Bambi Johnson.
The talented cast includes: Codey Odachowski, Mackenzie Brockmeyer, Mac Placzankis, Tim Torre, Joneisha Lee, Yolanda Grimsley, Selma Gasu, Eric Candia, Jenna Rosenberger, Chris Simpson, Kerry Ingram, Megan Sturla and Kenneth Jones, as well as a strong ensemble.
Tickets for show only can be purchased at the door: $15 for adults and $10 for students. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
Dinner and a show will be available at the Saturday evening show at 5 p.m.; tickets are $20. Tickets for the dinner theater option can be purchased at the door, although a reservation is preferred.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, call Brockmeyer at Harford Technical High School, 410-638-3805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After its genesis as a blaxploitation horror film directed by Roger Corman, "Little Shop" was turned into a successful off-Broadway musical comedy by Ashman and Menken that also played on Broadway. The cast of a later 1986 musical film directed by Frank Oz included Steve Martin and featured the late Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, doing the voice of Audrey II.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun