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Theatre Department to Perform "Little Shop of Horrors"

March 31, 2014

In their final production of the season and the first in the new Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center, Averett University's theatre department, in partnership with the music department, will present the comedy horror rock musical "Little Shop of Horrors" April 10-13. The performances on April 10-12 will be at 7:30 p.m. and the performance on April 13 will be at 2:30 p.m.

"Little Shop of Horrors" tells the story of Seymour Krelborn who works at Mushnik's Skid Row Florists, a run-down flower shop owned and operated by the cranky Mr. Mushnik. A poor young man, Seymour laments his life and longs for something better. Out of the blue, he becomes the owner of a mysterious plant, which he names Audrey II after his coworker, Audrey, whom he's secretly in love with. The plant does not thrive and appears to be dying despite Seymour's care. One day he accidentally pricks his finger on a thorn and draws blood, which causes the plant to open up. At this point Seymour realizes Audrey II needs blood to survive, and he allows the plant to suckle his finger. Unfortunately for Seymour, this opens up a Pandora's box he was not prepared for.

The production was composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. It is based on a low-budget comedy film "The Little Shop of Horrors," which was directed by Roger Corman. Since its long-running 1982 off-Broadway production and subsequent Broadway production, it has been performed all over the world. A musical film of the same name starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin was released in 1986.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens and may be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 434-791-5867, or at the door.