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  • 'Little Shop of Horrors' at SOU

    OSF's Michael J. Hume directs this campy horror musical
  • "Theatre-goers who think they know 'Little Shop of Horrors' will have a surprise," says Michael J. Hume, a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and director of Southern Oregon University's production of the horror comedy rock musical.
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      What: "Little Shop of Horrors"
      When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, Thursdays through Saturdays, May 22-24 and 29-31; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 24-24 and May 31 and June 1
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      If you go
      What: "Little Shop of Horrors"

      When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, Thursdays through Saturdays, May 22-24 and 29-31; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 24-24 and May 31 and June 1

      Where: Center Stage Theatre in the Theatre Arts Building the Southern Oregon University campus, off South Mountain Avenue, Ashland.

      Tickets: $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students

      Call: 541-552-6348 or see www.sou.edu/performingarts
  • "Theatre-goers who think they know 'Little Shop of Horrors' will have a surprise," says Michael J. Hume, a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and director of Southern Oregon University's production of the horror comedy rock musical.
    "We have expanded the cast to 16 (from the original nine) to get more students onstage. We've also snuck in a bit of material from the film version, honoring the original creators' screenplay."
    Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 22-24 and 29-31, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 24-25 and May 31 and June1, in the Center Stage Theatre in the Theatre Arts Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
    Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students, and can be purchased at the box office, online at www.sou.edu/performingarts or by calling 541-552-6348.
    "Little Shop of Horrors," with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is based on a campy horror film about a man-eating plant that dominates the life of a nebbish flower-shop employee and his girlfriend.
    "Menken's score evokes memories of the 1960s Motown girl groups ... the Chiffons, Shangri-Las, Ronettes, Crystals and others," says musical director Vicki Purslow. "Ashman's lyrics are very witty and full of references to the past. The audience has to listen very carefully because the jokes continually fly through the music."
    Hume has brought his encyclopedic knowledge of horror films to his vision for the SOU production.
    "I've enjoyed immersing the actors in knowledge of the '50s and '60s paranoia of the Red Menace, and how these fears shaped an entire decade of science-fiction and horror films. This musical follows several great literary themes of world literature, including a 'rags to riches' tale, a heroic 'slaying of the monster' saga and a retelling the Faust legend. This show will appeal to all ages."
    The show's orchestra is exclusively made up of students, including several from SOU's new music graduate program. Look for Nic Temple and Ian McCarty on keyboards; Devon Ivie on flute; Tadd Biggs, Stephane Kuborssy and Daniel Chavez on horns; Brandon Crafts on guitar; Colin Malloy on bass; and Jon Janakes, Jeff Kolega, Avram Rosove and Tyler Willoughby on percussion.
    The cast includes Alyssa Birrer as Audrey; Ethan Niven as Seymour; and Zlato Rizziolli as Mr. Mushnik. The ensemble includes Sarah Brizek, Lucas Lee Caldwell, Austin Comfort, Karen Fox, Cameron Gray, Michael Hays, Tamra Mathias, Savanna Padilla, Jacob Phillips, Courtney Reece, Lakia Solomon, Moira Todd and Jeremy Vik.
    Scenic designer is by Spencer Richardson, costumes by Clare Parker, lighting by Mathew Levine and sound by Noah Beauregard. Choreography is by Briawna Jackson.
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