VAN WERT — The Van Wert Civic Theatre will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 2 p.m. May 5 and 12 at the theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert.
Tickets are $15 at the door (cash and check only). To make a reservation, call 419-238-9689 from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or arrive 20 minutes before show time.
This wonky sci-fi, horror comedy chronicles the situation of Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after the coworker he secretly loves. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful voice and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s origins and his true drive for world domination. VWCT’s version of Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Chad Kraner with Dee Fisher as Music Director and Kim Pollock at Choreographer.
The cast is led by Adam Ries as Seymour and veteran actress Nancy Shuffle as Audrey. Every cautionary tales deserves a Greek chorus for commentary. This show offers a group of street urchin, harmony singing girls that VWCT affectionately dubs the Shoop Da Doo Girls: Kim Warnecke as Chiffon, Stacy Rife as Crystal, and Debbie Briggs as Ronnette with Emily Penton, Rachael Dettrow, and Janelle Moorman. The flower shop owner, Mushnik, is played by Dan Basinger with Orin, Audrey’s abusive boyfriend who is a dentist by profession, being played by Bob Reese. Audrey II (the plant) requires two actors. John Shuffle is the voice with Josh England manipulating the plant as the puppeteer.
Vaydah Deming, Kecia Pontius, Lisa Eichler, Dolores Foreman, Alexis Gossett, Trent Gossett, Evan Joseph, Matt Krol, P.S. Luhn, Cory Ream, Dale Terry, Courtney Wendel, Rachael Wilson, and Reanna Wilson round out the cast, portraying various characters and street people.