“Little Shop of Horrors” Comes to Life at HHS September 28-30

The Huntley High School Musical Theatre Department will present the entertaining and humorous science-fiction musical thriller, Little Shop of Horrors, on September 28-30.

Little Shop of Horrors, written by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman, takes us downtown to Skid Row and Mushnik’s Flower Shop where a poor young florist named Seymour Krelbourn is struggling to keep the run-down floral shop afloat. Sweeping the floors and caring for the plants day in and day out, Seymour secretly pines away for Audrey, the love of his life.

Too caught up in her dentist boyfriend who tosses her around as he pleases, Audrey is lacking a bit of self-worth and smarts herself. She pays no attention to the sweet Seymour standing beside her. Then, one day everything changes when Seymour discovers a strange and unusual plant and loving names her “Audrey II.”

At first, “Audrey II” seems to be exactly what they needed! Troubles are melting away, business is booming, Seymour is thriving and Audrey is noticing! “Audrey II,” ends up growing into a carnivore who brings Seymour fame, fortune, and love in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. But as residents of Skid Row begin disappearing and Seymour’s plant grows bigger, he struggles with continuing to seek fortune or doing the right thing.

Directed by Tom George with musical direction by Lexy Bieber, Little Shop of Horrors features an ensemble of freshman and sophomore student actors, along with a five member student pit band and guest pianist Barb Neely. Student directors include Jillian Hooker and Alex Pressley. With guidance from director of choreography Rona Sinnamond, student choreographer Kevin Kline brings the dances to life! Lighting and sound by Nathan Knapke and his TTS crew, pit band direction by Philip Carter, and set design by Jill Corapi.

Little Shop of Horrors will be performed for audiences on September 28-30 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee performance on September 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the District 158 Performing Arts Center at Huntley High School. Tickets are $5 each, general seating and can be purchased through the WebStore or at the door. Children 3 and under are free.

For more information please contact Tom George at tgeorge@district158.org or Lorie Woods, Director of Performing Arts Center at (847) 659-6107.

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