ELY— After two months of production and rehearsal, the curtain goes up Thursday on the Northern Lakes Arts Association’s stage production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical, staged at …
ELY— After two months of production and rehearsal, the curtain goes up Thursday on the Northern Lakes Arts Association’s stage production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical, staged at the Fine Arts Theater at the Vermilion college campus, opens at 7 p.m. on March 23, with additional evening performances set for Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The show will repeat the following week, Thursday through Saturday, March 30-April 1, with 7 p.m. performances. Tickets are available online at northernlakesarts.org or at the door. The March 30 production is a “pay what you can” performance.
Due to traumatic content and some unsavory language, this production is not recommended for children under eight.
Stage vs. film
The stage production is the Off-Broadway musical. It originally opened in 1982 in New York City and ran for five years. It inspired the 1986 film of the same name, starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene. Greene was the original Audrey in the musical and reprised her role for the movie.
The musical has some notable differences, including several musical numbers that were not included in the film. The plot is also slightly different while the ending will be a surprise to those who have never seen the stage version.
The cast for the production includes Ian Lah as Seymour Krelborn; Wendy Lindsay as Audrey; Peter Kess as Mr. Mushnik; Jim Lah as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S; Emily Weise, Jennifer Merhar, and Grace Klein as the doo wop trio; Olin Weise as the Audrey II Puppeteer; Karin Schmidt as the voice of Audrey II; and Grey Kurnava, Bailey McLinn-Belehar, Matthew Janeksela, Sandra Tuominen form the ensemble.