Seymore and Audrey II will be telling the story of “Little Shop of Horrors” over the next two weekends at the Finley Theater in Sherman. The Sherman Community Players production of the off-Broadway rock comedy musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that was adapted into a film in 1986 starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin is the season opener for the Sherman theater group.
This season at SCP will be a season of musicals in honor of the theater’s 70th consecutive season.
“We are a top producing house of musicals in North Texas,” Artistic Director Anthony Nelson said about the theater he has been at for about six years. “We do really good stuff. We looked at our resources for stuff and decided that if we were going to do it, this would be the time to do it. We have the musicians that we need. We have been growing. “
“Little Shop of Horrors” stars Eric Vest playing Seymour Kelborn, a worker at a flower shop in New York City. Kelborn, who has acquired a Venus fly trap he calls “Audrey II” from a Chinese flower shop, thinks this plant can save Mushnik’s Flower Shop from closing down. Kelborn soon discovers that Audrey II does not have a taste for water or plant food and prefers something more precious to humans.
Audrey will be played by Jenna Monteith and Amy Shojai will voice Audrey II. The Audrey II puppeteer is Grayson College’s Christian McGowen.
“Audrey II is a site to be seen and the perfect prop to be highlighted as a testament to SCP’s talented group of volunteers, actors, designers and musicians,” Nelson said in a news release. “We produced the show about 15 years ago under former Managing Director Ron Cassady, and we thought it would be a great show for the season opener and the fall season, being so close to Halloween.”
After the run of “Little Shop of Horrors,” SCP will be diving into “Annie,” which begins showing Nov. 30 and will conclude on December 16. In 2019, the theater group will produce “The Music Man,” which will show February 15-24; “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will show April 12-21; and “West Side Story,” which will show June 14-23.
“We have the resources to pull off five good musicals in a row,” Nelson said. “And looking back retrospectively on musicals that we have done in the past that are popular for us … we also wanted to do a play that we have never done before, which is ‘West Side Story.’ SCP has never felt we had the resources … to pull off a show with the scope of ‘West Side Story’ until now.”
Tickets for the show went on sale to the general public on Oct. 10. Reservations can still be made by calling the box office at 903-892-8818, ordering online at scptheater.org or visiting the daytime box office inside the Honey McGee Playhouse 313 W. Mulberry in Sherman. “Little Shop of Horrors” will only run for two weeks, with an added Saturday matinee. Adult tickets are $20, and student tickets are $12.