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The Lycoming College theatre department is kicking off its 2023-24 season with cult favorite “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical about a flower shop on Skid Row that is taken over by a flesh-eating plant from outer space. The production will take place at the Mary L. Welch Theatre, Nov. 15-18, with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase beginning Oct. 25 at http://www.bigtickets.com/events/lycoming-college.
This entertaining, horror-sci-fi-musical comedy featuring the creative geniuses of Ashman and Menken (Disney's “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and The Beast,” and “Aladdin”) is one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows and has entertained theatre goers for more than 35 years. The charmingly tongue-in-cheek dark comedy tells the story of a timid floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant and names it after his crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune as long as it is well fed, but will Seymour realize the plant’s intent toward global domination before it is too late?
“Little Shop of Horrors” is based on the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with music by Alan Menken. The show is directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre at Lycoming College. The cast features the following Lycoming College students:
- Audrey – Julia Martin ’25, painting major from Mountain Top, Pa., who is working toward education certification
- Seymour Krelborn – Chayton Wesneski ’25, creative writing major and theatre performance minor from Canton, Pa.
- Orin Scrivello – Gale Hall ’26, creative writing, theatre, and literature triple major from Williamsport
- The Ronnetts:
- McKayla Cobb ’24, musical theatre major and anthropology minor from Coudersport, Pa.
- Paige McCaffrey ’27, undeclared major from N. Billerica, Mass.
- Gabriella Fugon ’26, musical theatre major from Shenandoah, Pa.
- Mushnik – Douglas Dixey ’25, musical theatre major and music minor from Bensalem, Pa.
Other members of the ensemble include:
- Shantel Hill ’25, musical theatre major from Newark, N.J.
- Haley Millard ’24, psychology and musical theatre double major with a minor in history from Osceola, Pa.
- Olivia Weaver ’27, undeclared major from West Milton, Pa.
- Erin Fallon ’24, acting major with minors in music and religion from Hypoluxo, Fla.
“This dark, quirky cautionary musical tale about the dangers of trusting promises for quick fame and fortune, featuring an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score, promises to thoroughly entertain the audience and leave them humming the catchy songs long after they have left the theatre,” says Stoytcheva-Horissian.
Tickets for Lyco students and faculty are complimentary, but seats must be reserved through bigtickets ahead of time. General admission tickets are $10. “Little Shop of Horrors” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), and all authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.
Lycoming’s theatre program is full of opportunities for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found at: https://www.lycoming.edu/theatre.