Spring 2017: Little Shop of Horrors

 

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

 

Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour, a hard-luck orphan living on Skid Row in the care of Mr. Mushnik, the Skid Row florist. He has a fondness both for strange and interesting plants and Audrey, a fellow employee, who just happens to be dating the sadistic dentist that 5-year-olds have nightmares about. One day, Seymour finds an alien plant that just happens to feed on human blood. A series of murders ensues to feed Audrey II, as business booms at the flower shop and Seymour wins the love of the human Audrey. And onward to a tragic ending. It has been said that this is a show about the evils of capitalism and that it actually does have a message. Or you can look at it as we do - it's a show about a plant that eats people.

Seymour Krelborn

Audrey

Mr. Mushnik

Orin Scrivello

Audrey II (voice) / Wino 1

Audrey II (puppeteer)

Ronnette

Crystal

Chiffon

Mr. Bernstein, Ensemble

Mrs. Luce, Ensemble

Skip Snip, Ensemble

Patrick Martin, Ensemble

Radio Announcer, Ensemble

Customer 1, Ensemble

Customer 2, Ensemble

Wino 2, Ensemble

Voice of God, Ensemble

Aiden Carroll

Grace Bowie

Matt McDonnell

Michael Hawes

Henry Cohen

George Pernick

Emily Perkins

Julia Landini

Emily Sumlin

Gabe Aguto

Madison Karten

Clay Tondreau

Tanner Asmussen

Maddy Goggin

Casey Breneman

Ian Fraser

Eden Hentschel

Jack Dunkenberger

CAST
PIT

Flute / Piccolo

Clarinet

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Bass Clarinet

Trumpet

Guitar

Piano / Keyboards

Electric Bass

Drums

Percussion

TECH

Set Designer

 

Assistant Technical Directors

 

 

 

Stage Managers

 

Master Carpenter

Assistant Carpenter

Carp Advisor

Head Lighting Designers

Assistant Lighting Designer

Master Electrician

Assistant Electricians

 

Head Paint

Sound Designers

 

Sound Assistant

Head Costumer

Assistant Costumer

Props Mistress

Assistant Props

Hair/Makeup Designer

Assistant Hair/Makeup

Run Crew Chiefs

TECH TEAMS

Lights

Sound

Carp

 

 

 

 

 

Paint

 

 

Props

Costumes

 

Hair / Makeup

A-STAFF

Director

Assistant Directors

 

 

Vocal Directors

Asst. Vocal Director

Choreographers

Rehearsal Accompanist

Pit Director

PRODUCTION STAFF

Producer

Assistant Producer

Business Manager

Assistant Business Manager

Publicity Chair

Fundraising Chair

Social Chairs

 

 

Historians

 

Alumni Chair

Webmaster

Technical Director 

Adam Naidorf

Melanie Piller

Katie Breza

Catherine Weathered

Rachel McConaughy

Benjamin Nochimson

Devin Garcia

Daryl Brown

David Zhao

Jet List

Chethan Shivaram

Lillie Lyon

Lauren Phan

Tianyu Zhang

Wyatt Tinsley

John Perez

Juwan Palmer

Will Ashe

Patrick Grant

Sarah Larson

Jaclyn Lund

Bram Ziltzer

Emma Cooper

Grace Handakas

Mike Seay

Colin Crovella

Patrick Bond

Olivia Comm

Chloe Downs

Catherine Melley

Sydney Hainsworth

George Pernick

Andrew Shanes

Maggie Barilka

Lara Martinez

May Hu

Bryan Pedersen

Golda Houndoh

Kate Giesler

Willow Cosenza

Molly Wright

Hannah Hicks

Peyton Evans

Blake Hesson

Tara Opitz

Josie Suddeth

Emily Williams

Joe Cooney

Inusah Diallo

Aditya Kamath

Veronica Sirotic

Whitney Cueva

Tom Shaw

Mary Kate Stanfield

Victor Blanco

Madeleine Engel

Caitlin Dozier

Jason Hu

Ashley Jordan

Josh Peterson

Jason Rosenthal

Hannah Umansky

Sarah Bryan

Haley Fortner

Elizabeth Henning

Jordan Parrish

Halle Wine

Rachel Griffin

Milner Kennedy

Caroline Bereuter

Sydney Cubbage

Carlee Kleppin

Elizabeth Wiersma

Tess Driscoll

Lucy Hopkins

Sabrina Lingenfelter

Kristen Schumacher

Jordan Best

Josh Gritz

Anna Barr

Lawrence Simon

Bri Cabrera

Paul Redling

Sequoia Carrillo

Mindy Wei

Rich Davis

Nolan Reilly

Abby Williams

Sarah Katharine Perkins

Carina Clawson

Eliza Lane

Caroline Cook

Maia Foster

Brady Mabe

Mia Venkat

Christyn Edwards

Mindy Wei

Jackie Leary

Olivia Tate

Myles Stremick

Erica Comm

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

   At its very core, Little Shop of Horrors is a musical about a man-eating plant. Sure, the show contains elements of Faustian legend, proto-Romantic German drama, and ancient Greek tragedy. But these elements fade into the background once the lights go down, so I won’t try to lecture you about the show’s deeper themes or obscure allusions. You’ll be too entranced by the characters that come alive before you, the laughs you are bound to have, and the magic of the orchestral and technical elements. However, before you experience this musical marvel that FYP has labored to create, I will draw your attention to a detail of the show that deserves a closer analysis.

 

   In the “Finale” of the musical, if you’re listening intently enough, you may catch three words - “We’ll have tomorrow!” - that seem vastly out of place. These words have little significance in the context of the plot, as they were originally part of a scrapped balled that never made it into the show. For whatever reasons, the creators of Little Shop loved these words so much that they inserted them into the very last moments of the finale. Through the process of building this show, I’ve come to understand just how much these words capture not only the spirit of Little Shop, but also the hope and hard work that goes into creating quality musical theatre.

   When the world falls down around them, Audrey and Seymour sing “we’ll have tomorrow!” with a comedic hope that seems fleeting and illogical. But it’s a hope that allows the residents of Skid Row to live their lives despite their depressing circumstances. It’s a hope that all of us need to strive to do our best when the world is against us, a hope that allows us to love ourselves and the people around us despite all imperfections. It’s the same hope that the creators of the show had when they held their first opening night, not knowing that Little Shop would become a worldwide phenomenon. All they could do was draw back the curtains, cross their fingers, and know that even if their show became a flop, they would still have tomorrow to try again.

 

   As I said before, you don’t need to have a deep analysis of Little Shop in order to understand it. But as you get lost in this sci-fi tale of murderous plants and forlorn lovers, I ask of you to set aside the stress of everyday life and to let yourself truly enjoy the show. Know that we’ll have tomorrow, as long as we have the humility and wisdom to laugh our troubles away and allow life to amaze us. And even if this little show doesn’t drastically change the world, FYP will still have tomorrow, as long as passionate people continue to create amazing theater and receptive audiences are there to support them. For tonight, I hope that you can be that audience.

-Jordan Best

PRODUCER'S NOTE

Thank you for coming to our show! After putting such hard work into this show, we love the opportunity to share this with you as our audience. I hope this production offers you something entertaining, something touching, something thought-provoking, and something special.

 

To everyone who had a hand in making this production happen, no matter how big or how small, I extend immense gratitude. It takes an impressive amount of dedication and passion for a show to come together in this space, and the result of these efforts is equal parts humbling and entertaining. If you helped make this show happen in any way, I encourage you to take pride and ownership over the energy you gave this production. Thank you for dedicating yourself to this project and for bringing this story to life.

 

Beyond its eccentric cast of characters, its flashy vocals, its wacky B-movie aesthetic, and its absurd storyline, “Little Shop” offers a poignant defense of hope. Our central characters, Seymour and Audrey, borne out of unfortunate circumstance, cling onto hopes of a better future and derive their personal strength from that belief that one day, they will be better than today. Of course, while Seymour sees his downfall through greedily pursuing what he hopes for, Audrey fervently holds onto the hope of one day being “somewhere that’s green,” of being better than where she is today. There is wisdom in hanging onto hope, and I hope this show does its best to acknowledge that wisdom through its humor and dramatics.

 

Aside from the opportunity to work on such a high-energy production and become part of a dedicated, enthusiastic team, I hope that our first years (and other years, of course) and our audience resonate with that message of building strength from hope. College can be a trying time, even more so during such a tumultuous time in our nation. As our first year class closes out their first year on Grounds, I can only hope that FYP has become their “somewhere that’s green,” and that from working on this production they can see the beauty and value in always having hope.

 

-Nolan Reilly 

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