Friday, March 27, 2009

Little Shop of Horrors opens on Coker Campus

One of the great bits of enjoyment of being part of a college campus is the wide variety of things to do, things to see and things to learn. This weekend the Musical Theater Department and the Theater Department are staging LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. In fact, last night Dr. Dawson, current Coker President, and Dr. Wyatt, the incoming president, dropped by to see part of the dress rehearsal. Dr. Wyatt said "theater is one of my passions." The news release and photos prepared by James Jolly, head of Coker's Marketing and Communications, follow:

Coker Musical Theater Presents Little Shop of Horrors

For more information, contact James Jolly, director of marketing and communications, 843.383.8018
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Little Shop of Horrors 2009
Little Shop of Horrors, Watson Theater:
-Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
-Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
-Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m.
-Friday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m.
-Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
-Sunday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m.
-Admission at the door: $15 for adults; $5 students& children under 18; free with Coker ID.

Hartsville, S.C. — Coker College Musical Theater presents the popular sci-fi spoof “Little Shop of Horrors” the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. Performance dates and times are Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. Admission at the door is $15 for adults, $5 students and children under 18, and free with Coker ID.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is the story of Seymour Krelbourn, a down and out flower shop clerk, who discovers and raises a bloodthirsty alien plant. He names the plant Audrey Two after his dim-witted love interest and as Audrey II grows and becomes a major attraction at the flower shop, Seymour’s fortunes start changing for the better. Yet while Seymour is going from loser to hero, Audrey Two’s appetite increases and the plant’s wicked plot is revealed.

With music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, the duo behind “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others, “Little Shop of Horrors” has entertained audiences around the world. The quirky combination of dark, tongue-in-cheek humor and tuneful songs has earned the play numerous awards since it first opened off-Broadway in 1982.

The Coker College production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is directed by Ken Stuart, assistant professor of theater, with musical direction by Graham Wood, associate professor of music. Set and lighting design is by Dave McManus, assistant professor of theater, and choreography is by Angela Gallo, assistant professor of dance.

The cast includes freshman Dustin Moree as Seymour, junior Paige ManWaring as Audrey, and sophomore Timothy Dupre as Mr. Mushnik. The Do-Wop Girls, who serve as narrators, are junior Amesha Johnson as Crystal, sophomore Tara Haynes at Chiffon, and sophomore Taylor Adams as Ronnette. Coker College alumni Justin Johnson and Wesley Atkinson are the voice and puppeteer for Audrey Two. Other cast members are Adam Johnson, Julio Ruiz and Colleen Kelly.

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