Beware the Little Shop of Horrors!


Production of the cult classic “Little Shop Of Horrors” is underway and rehearsals begin Feb. 9.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is based on the 1960 film written by Charles B. Griffith. The story centers around Seymour Krelborn, a florist who creates a talking, singing plant that wants to devour people. Krelborn’s business begins picking up due to the strange plant in his store. Krelborn gets mixed into a variety of trouble including murder and mystery.

Approximately 40 students of all backgrounds auditioned for a part in the play, which were held in the PepsiCo Theatre. The cast of about 20 students will be rehearsing over the next 2 months. They will also be learning a variety of music from Motown to Rock and Roll with a very hard harmony to learn.

Christine Mangone, head of the Music and Theater department, said she chose “Little Shop of Horrors” because it is a musical that would intrigue students.

“I never do a production twice but I wanted to bring something fun and something that would not require a big set with the Pepsico Theatre closing over the summer for renovations,” Mangone said.

Kevin Patterson, a 23-year-old student, auditioned for a role in the play. Patterson said auditioned for the part of Bernstein, a powerful man from NBC who offers Krelborn a gardening show.

“The audition went fine. I auditioned for Bernstein but I mainly auditioned for the ensemble,” Patterson said.

“Little Shop of Horrors” will open Apr. 19 to April 22. Performances will be held in the PepsiCo Theatre.

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