Theatre Under The Stars has announced the cast for its upcoming production of the carnivorous cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors, the featured production for TUTS’ 43rd summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theater.
Little Shop Of Horrors will play every evening July 13 – 18, with certain at 8:15 p.m. each night.
With show-stopping numbers like “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly, Seymour,” Little Shop of Horrors combines rock-and-roll, doo-wop and Motown all wrapped up in a slightly-warped science fiction tale about a murderous interplanetary plant.
A down-and-out skid row floral assistant named Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon, the plant – called “Audrey II” – grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
While the story may be familiar to movie and theater fans, director Roy Hamlin said this production will offer “unexpected twists.”
“This presentation of Little Shop will be different than versions you’ve seen in the past. Audrey II will take shape in a new way and there are a few unexpected twists I think the audience will love,” Hamline said. “It’s a classic but this version will definitely be fresh. This mainly local cast for such a treasured crowd favorite has some of Houston’s most established, as well as emerging, comedic singers. I’m looking forward to a wonderful time both backstage and in performance.”
The role of Seymour is played by Sam Houston State University senior and Humphreys School of Musical Theatre alumni, Mark Ivy.
Seymour’s leading lady, Audrey, is played by Ivy Castle-Rush, who was also in TUTS’ most recent presentation of The Sound Of Music and Disney’s When You Wish.
Native Houstonian Jimmy Phillips, last on stage with TUTS’ in the 1981 production of The Music Man, plays Mushnik, the cantankerous florist.
Performing the voice of Audrey II (the plant) is none other than Deborah Duncan, talented vocalist and host of KHOU-TV’s Great Day Houston.
Other cast members include Ven Daniel as Orin, last on the TUTS’ stage as the flirtatious UPS Man in Legally Blonde The Musical; and Marybelle Chaney as Chiffon. Chaney was recently in TUTS’ presentations of The Sound Of Music and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Lindsey Gee, most recently seen in Miss Saigon, will perform as Ronnette and Trisha Jeffrey, formerly in Hair, will play the role of Crystal.
Rounding out the ensemble are Patrick Amos, Chris Canal, Lisa E. Harris, Carolyn Johnson, Sofia V. Mendez, Adam Pena, Corby Sullivan, and Erin Wasmund.
Local Humphreys School of Musical Theatre Students included in the ensemble include Alyssa Arizpe, Mallory Bechtel, Meredith Bechtel, Sam Burkett, Jack Delac, Rebecca Eckert, Gabby Gillespie, Raiya Goodman, Brooke Humphrey, Dylan Lambert, Libby Malone, Meredith Miller, Madeline Reid, Jacqueline Touchet, Sandy Valles, and Christian Warner,
For more information on Little Shop of Horrors, visit Theatre Under The Stars on the web at www.tuts.com or Miller Outdoor Theatre at milleroutdoortheatre.com. To contact TUTS by phone, call 713-558-TUTS (8887).
Free tickets for the covered seats are available on the day of performance between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre Box Office. Any tickets remaining will be given out one hour before curtain.
Those without tickets can bring a blanket and enjoy the show from the Miller Theatre lawn, the perfect place for a picnic and a show.
Before the July 17-18 performances, Target will provide a free arts station where children can decorate their own canvas school bag. TUTS is one of 80 organizations nationwide partnering with Target for Arts and Wonder weekend, in hopes of making the arts more accessible for families.
Sponsors for TUTS’ presentation of Little Shop of Horrors include Miller Theatre Advisory Board, The Wortham Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Wells Fargo, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts and Target.