Averitt to close season with Little Shop of Horrors

How far will a nerd go to attract the attention of the girl he loves?

Apparently pretty far – if Seymour Krelborn’s behavior is any indication. And young Seymour gets some help from a very unusual, and bloodthirsty, plant.

The classic “Little Shop of Horrors” had a long run on Broadway, was a success on the big screen and the Averitt STARS Community Theater will close their 2014 – 2105 Performance Season with a production of ‘Little Shop.”

Little Shop of Horrors opened Thursday and will run for three more performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Averitt Center’s Emma Kelly Theater.  While tonight’s show is sold out, tickets are still available for both the Saturday and Sunday performances.

All performances are open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth They can be purchased by calling the Averitt Center Box Office at (912) 212-2787 or online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.

The production is the directorial debut of Jacob Furse, who is finishing a Music Education degree at Georgia Southern. A long time musical theater veteran, Furse said he couldn’t resist trying his hand at directing one of his all-time favorite shows before leaving Statesboro.

“My biggest plans for the show were to create quality product in the most enjoyable way possible” he said. “I really wanted to put together a team and a cast with the best natural chemistry, and wound up with an incredibly talented group of people who have all been very agreeable and easy to work with.”

The cast includes both new and familiar faces. Seymour’s girlfriend Audrey is played by Bethany DeZelle, an accomplished actress who holds an MFA in Theatre from SCAD. Audrey II is voiced by Statesboro High Drama Teacher Eddie Frazier and performed by experienced puppeteer, Scott Foxx. Other cast members include David Willis as Seymour, Drake Oglesby as the dentist and Lee Walker as the plant shop’s owner Mr. Mushnik.

The play revolves around Seymour, an orphan and a classic nerd, who works in Mushnik’s Flower Shop,where the owner berates him daily. Seymour harbors a not-so-secret crush on his attractive co-worker, Audrey Fulquard. Audrey, though, is in love with the neighborhood dentist, whom she believes will quit hitting her after they are married and ride off into the sunset together.

The story takes a different turn, however, when Seymour discovers a new and unusual plant.

The odd looking seedling changes Seymour’s life, as it grows with the help of his blood. The plant becomes a sensation and starts attracting more customers to the store. Mushnik offers him a partnership, even adoption and Audrey’s attitude towards him begins to change.  As the flower shop’s fame grows, Seymour’s once simple life becomes increasingly complicated.

Musical Director Robert Cottle said he is “extremely pleased” with the talented cast.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with a cast of great voices and a musical team of extraordinary talent,” he said.

Little Shop is also one of his all-time favorite musicals. The live orchestra includes Cottle, Kellye Watts, Matt Elste, Michael Foster and Ryan Kelly, the grandson of Emma Kelly for whom the theater is named.

Stacy George

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