The Baldwyn Main Street Players will present their version of a sure-nuff “Spectacular” over the next two weeks.
“Little Shop of Horrors” opens for business in the Claude Gentry Theater on Thursday, November 14th, at 7:30 PM, beginning a 6-show run. ICC Choral Director and BMSP board member Karen Davis will direct. Davis uses all her many talents – musical direction, choreography, etc. – to bring a professional level version of LSOH to life in Baldwyn. Puppets, dance numbers, and a set and lighting combination that will rival anything seen in Mississippi theater this year will be featured, and those elements together with a stellar cast will raise the bar once again on the quality that has come to be expected from BMSP shows.
This wacky, spooky musical originally based on a B-movie from the 1960’s tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an apprentice Skid Row florist in New York City. Seymour, ably portrayed by Baldwyn high-schooler Hunter Grissom, sees a lifetime of terrible luck begin to change when he acquires a strange plant in Chinatown during an unexpected total eclipse of the sun. Seymour’s find, a type of Venus flytrap, suddenly grows to gigantic proportions, simultaneous to Seymour’s improving fortune. But problematically, the plant food that fuels the young florist’s change of luck, and his plant’s rapid growth, is none other than … human blood!
Local songstress Allison Dugger Glover is cast as Seymour’s love interest and co-worker Audrey, and she delivers several memorable numbers during this classic show. Little Shop of Horrors marks Glover’s first appearance in a Main Street Player production. Hopefully, there will be many more to come from this talented actress and singer.
Cadley Burns, as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, and David Jenkins, as beleaguered flower shop owner Mr. Mushnik, round out the four principle players in the Little Shop cast. Both Burns and Jenkins are featured in some of the show’s most hilarious moments. The pair last appeared at the Claude Gentry Theater in separate bits in the Relay For Life fundraiser “A Really Big Show” in August, but technically, Little Shop will also serve as their Main Street Player debut.
Lorie Richey, Jackie Pruitt and Becky Bishop carry the story from scene to scene as a singing trio of street people. Steve Collins, Jonathan Hancock, Casey Cagle and Noah Hancock round out the cast in smaller but fun and important roles. Of course, Clark Richey will wriggle his way into a cameo appearance of some sort, too.
Backstage Cindi Burns, Mac Trollinger, Haley Cockrell and Tina Velasquez will assist Davis on this second show of BMSP’s 2013-2014 season.
There will be evening performances of Little Shop of Horrors in the Simon Spight Auditorium/Claude Gentry Theatre on Thursday (Nov. 14), Saturday (Nov. 16), Monday (Nov. 18), Thursday (Nov. 21), and Saturday (Nov. 23) at 7:30 PM each night. Additionally, there will be a matinee on Sunday, November 17, at 2 PM.
What people see when the curtain opens on Little Shop of Horrors this Thursday will dramatically change perceptions – forever – of just what can be done in community theater in Baldwyn. Prepare to be wowed by this local “Spectacular.”