LOGAN, W.Va. — This fall, The Aracoma Story Inc. is blending Sci-Fi fantasy, B-movie horror and some infectious doo-wop era music.
One of the most popular musicals of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors”, will hit the local stage for a two week run at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center. “We are thrilled to again be working with Southern,” Diana O’Briant, president of the Aracoma Story Inc., said. “We’ve had a long relationship with the college and it’s great to be working with them again.”
Little Shop will be presented Nov. 11th at 7 p.m., Nov. 12th, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Nov. 13th at 2 p.m. and Nov. 18th at 7 p.m., Nov. 19th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 20th at 2 p.m.
“We are excited to be offering matinees for this show,” O’Briant said.
Bill France has been chosen to direct the show. Fresh off this summer’s widely popular “Beauty and the Beast” production at Chief Logan State Park, he will bring a personal love of monster movies to the stage. He has directed “The Addams Family”, “Grease”, “Hairspray”, “Dracula”, “The Aracoma Story – Spirits and Legends (three times), “How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying”, and even a high school version of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
“I’ve always loved old monster movies,” France said. “I can literally sit for days watching the SYFY channel. It’s always been my thing.”
This show’s horrific star won’t even show up until a few weeks before the musical opens. Audrey II is a giant flesh eating plant that looks like a mix between a Venus Fly Trap and an avocado.
Charles S. Wallace is making his debut as a music director for TAS Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Concord University with a minor in Theatre. Charles has performed numerous times with the Aracoma Story Inc. most notably as father from Children of Eden, Gomez in The Addams Family, and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. Charles has a deep love for all aspects of Theatre.
Fans of the Disney films “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin”, may be surprised to find out that the same song writing team responsible for those films were the ones the wrote Little Shop. They created this musical before joining up with Disney Studios.
The show is packed with dark humor but is still a favorite of young and old alike. Adults get it on an entirely different level than the kids, according to France.
“It’s easily one of the funniest shows I’ve ever been a part of. It’s laugh out loud funny from beginning to end. It’s hard not to clap along to the songs,” France said. “While you are sitting there having the time of your life, the monster is eating its way through the cast.”
Auditions will be held on Friday, Aug. 26th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27th, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Logan High School Little Theater, 1 Wildcat Way, Logan.
There are no parts for children in this show. You must be in at least the 9th grade to audition. Be prepared to sing a song from the show or any other song. Prepare at least a one minute comedic monologue. It’s a funny show, make us laugh. A Facebook event page is now available online. Visit the page for more audition information.
If you need more information, call the Aracoma Story Inc. office at 304-752-0253.