La PORTE — Get ready for the antics of a talking, singing, man-eating plant.
“Little Shop of Horrors,” the classic off-Broadway hit and 1986 movie musical, makes a return to La Porte Little Theatre Club with eight shows scheduled Oct. 11-13 and 18-20.
The production, the first in La Porte Little Theatre’s 2019-2020 season, will boast an exceptional cast, elaborate sets and four different versions of Audrey II, the singing, wise-cracking plant with a most unusual diet, when the show premiers this Friday at 7:30 p.m., organizers say.
According to the Little Theatre, much of the creative talent behind the show is doing double duty, particularly the husband-and-wife team of Katy and Tim Gartland. As the show’s directors, Katy also serves as choreographer and Tim the show’s producer. Andrew Tallackson is the music director and plays keyboard with the band. Matt Robinson, who appears as Orin, the sinister dentist, also performs with the band on saxophone during Act II.
The story finds nerdy florist shop employee Seymour Krelborn (Tom Coe) discovering a “strange and unusual plant” that makes him, and the business, a hit with customers. Samantha Bean appears as Audrey, Seymour’s ditsy, but sweet love interest, while Douglas Campbell is the shop’s owner, Mr. Mushnik. Rich Snyder provides the voice of Audrey II, while Ian Pappas is the puppeteer who physically brings the plant to life. A Greek chorus in the form of ’60s-style doo-woop girls helps tell the story. They’re played by Laurel Blankenship, Erin Imer, Shania Povlock, Lindsay Snyder and Holly Welsh.
Rounding out the cast are Donovan Barrier, Nick Bello, Alex Bonner, Caleb Cripe, Norah Gartland, Wrigley Hemphill, Kasi Jackson, Addysen Morros, Grace Murphy and Lexi Passmore.
Rounding out the band are Dave Burris on Keyboard 2, Kyle Liedtke on drums and Nate Miller on bass and trumpet.
The crew includes: Parker Peterson (stage manager); Natalie Gartland (co-stage manager); Marie Parrette (spotlight); Chris West (sound operator); Jake Robinson (light operator); Jackie Robinson (decorations and Audrey II); and Monique Fredline and Sharon Kienitz (costumers).
"Little Shop of Horrors" began life as a black and white horror comedy directed by B-movie auteur Roger Corman, with an appearance by a young Jack Nicholson, in 1960. The off-Broadway musical based on the 1960 film premiered in 1982, and itself became a movie in 1986 directed by Frank Oz and starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Bill Murray, among others.
Show times for the Little Theatre production are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets are available at laportelittletheatreclub.com. The theater is located at 218 A St.