BC Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors
Bluefield College Theatre will present the sci-fi comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors, Halloween week, Tuesday, October 29 through Sunday, November 3.
October 18, 2013
Bluefield College Theatre seniors Bobby Hall (right) as Seymour Krelborn and Kara Neal (left) as Audrey will join other BC Theatre cast members in presenting a Halloween special, "Little Shop of Horrors," October 29 through November 3 at Bluefield College.
Based on the science fiction movie by the same name, BC Theatre’s performances of Little Shop of Horrors will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, October 29 through November 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3.
All shows will take place inside BC’s Harman Chapel Auditorium. Admission for each performance will be $10 for adults and $5 for non-BC students and senior citizens.
Little Shop of Horrors was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the creative team behind such Disney animated classics as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Little Shop tells the story of nerdish Seymour Krelborn, a down-and-out errand boy at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist who has a fascination with strange and exotic plants. One day, after an unexpected total eclipse of the sun, Seymour discovers a plant that looks like a cross between an avocado and a Venus flytrap. He calls the plant Audrey II, naming her after his curvaceous co-worker, Audrey I. But, Seymour soon realizes something is very wrong with Audrey II. The plant lives on human blood! Soon, residents of Skid Row begin disappearing, and Audrey II starts getting bigger -- and more demanding!
Seymour is played by BC Theatre senior Bobby Hall of Princeton, West Virginia. Audrey I is played by senior Kara Neal of Tannersville, Virginia. The voice of Audrey II, the diabolical man-eating plant, is presented by senior Jonathan Penn of Martinsville, Virginia. Charles Reese, associate professor of theatre, will play Mister Mushnik, the owner of the florist shop at the epicenter of Audrey II’s reign of terror.
“We are very excited about Audrey II,” said Reese, who is also directing the production. “The plants we are using were created by Character Transformations, a stage prop shop in Norristown, Pennsylvania. They are unlike anything we have had on the Bluefield College stage. It looks like a watermelon on steroids…with teeth. There are four puppet plants in the show, ranging from a small potted version to a giant plant with Cthulu-like tentacles big enough to eat a human actor. It’s been great fun to work with. I think they are going to be great fun for our audience, too.”
Other cast members include Christian Barham as Orin Scrivello, DDS, a sadistic dentist; Kiara Hairston, Brittany Walters and Summer Wilding as the urchins/do-whop girls named Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon; Jarond Delanie as a wino and television producer; Bekah Ivester as an urchin and Mrs. Luce. The puppeteer for Audrey II is Ty Tatum.
With play dates the week of and on Halloween, Little Shop is an added way locals can celebrate the holiday, Reese said.
“We felt like this was a great show for Halloween week,” he said. “A man-eating plant with visions of world domination -- you can’t get much more spooky than that. We’re encouraging people to come in costume on Halloween night.”
Reese added that although the play has sci-fi horror elements, they are treated comically to make them family-friendly.
“This is a Halloween event for everybody,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun and a safe way to celebrate the holiday.”
For more information about Little Shop or other Bluefield College Theatre productions, contact Reese by e-mail at or by phone at 276-326-4244 or 276-326-4213.