LOGAN, W.Va. — One of the most popular musicals of all time will hit the local stage for a two week run at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center in November.
“We are thrilled to again be working with Southern,” Diana O’Briant, President of the Aracoma Story Inc., said. “We are proud to be partnered with such a valued member of our community.”
Bill France will pull double duty for this production. He serves as director and then slides into the role of the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello. France was responsible for directing this past summer’s widely popular “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Chief Logan State Park. France says he’s assembled the perfect cast to tell this hilarious story.
Brandon Hill will play the role of meek flower shop assistant, Seymour. Kaylea Egnor will portray Audrey, his co-worker. Curtis Crum takes on the role of shop owner, Mr. Mushnik, Crystal, one of the three doo-wop singing urchins, will be played by Shana Nelson. Ronnette is portrayed by Erica O’Briant (who is also choreographing the show), Chiffon is played by Savannah Richardson.
The blood thirsty Audrey 2 is voiced by Dylan Vidovich and brought to life by Kassidy Egnor (smallest version), Justin Anderson (who also plays Patrick Martin) (mid-size version) and Jordan Sparks (the largest version). Arthur Denton is played by D.J. Conley.
The cast list also includes Maddy Akers (the customer), Deanna Crum (Mrs. Luce), Eric Morris (Mr. Bernstein), Bryna Jewell (Skip Snip), Kyra Lester (Chang), Cindy Armstrong (nurse), Janie Lester (bag lady), Stephanie Akers (bag lady), Josh Runyon (homeless) and Madison Williamson (patient).
Charles S. Wallace is making his debut as music director for TAS Inc. Wallace will be running sound and offering voice overs for the performance.
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman and starring Jack Nicholson. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.
The Broadway smash, hit movie and cult classic musical comes alive in the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The musical will be presented Friday, Nov. 11th, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18th at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20th at 2 p.m.
Advance tickets go on sale now at Gatti’s at the Fountain Place Mall and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585040.