Little Shop of Horrors
[Plant] A down-trodden hero. A sweet young thing in need of caring hero. A giant alien man-eating plant. Doo wop girls. Really, what more could you want from a musical comedy?

Now here is a play with a history. Originally, Little Shop of Horrors was a film created by that genius of low-budget films, Roger Corman. Corman's brother had offered him a shop front for a set, and bet him he couldn't make a movie with it. The story goes that Corman and Charles B. Griffith wrote the script in one night, rehearsed for three days, and shot it in two-and-a-half days with a budget of $27,000. (Included in this cult hit is [Doo Wop Girls] a scene by an up-and-coming young actor, Jack Nicholson.) Who knows what it is that inspires people? In 1982 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman brought the rights to this bizarre little film and created an off-Broadway musical. It was a hit, and went on to inspire yet another movie in 1986. That film version of Little Shop of Horrors had a much, MUCH bigger budget.

[Seymour and Audrey II] Bob DeLucia is directing Magic Circle's production of Little Shop of Horrors, and it stars newcomer Kevin Caravalho as Seymour, the plant shop assistant with a green (and slightly damaged) thumb. Magic Circle favorite Kristen Heitman is the sweetly sexy Audrey, and Thomas Moore is her dentist boyfriend. [Audrey and Mushnik] Jason D. Hammond plays Mushnik, owner of the florist shop, and Deborah Douglas, Orlana Klip, and Monique Michelle are our chorus of do wop girls. The plant will be played by Josh Harper. Richanne Baldridge is musical director.

Little Shop of Horrors opens May 14 in the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon Street, and plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm [Trash] (Sunday matinees at 2:00pm) through June 19. Tickets are $19.00 General Admission, $16.00 seniors and students. Children 11 and under are $5.00. Call (916) 782-1777 for reservations.