The fun, sci-fi horror musical starring a timid flower shop assistant and a green man-eating plant will make its debut on Oct. 26 in the Dakota Wesleyan University theater.
The musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman follows Seymour Krelborn, a flower shop assistant, who discovers and cares for an exotic plant in the hope the plant will attract more customers.
"Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will grow into a talking and R&B singing voice, and have an unquenchable thirst for blood," Director Dan Miller said. "Little Shop is definitely one of those shows that forces our students into a different world of musical theatre with great music and a darker funny sci-fi approach to characters and situations."
In total, 35 people, including students, faculty, community members and alumni work together to produce the two-hour musical. Along with the 15 actors and six puppeteers on stage, six band members and eight crew members help bring the musical to life.
"Not only will audiences get to see actors on stage, but they will also get the chance to see one of the largest puppets operated on a stage. It takes a total of five puppeteers to operate the biggest Audrey II man-eating puppet," Miller said. "This is not a scary play, but a hilarious musical about a man-eating plant from outer space. It is a lot of fun with great music, a live band and great actors."
The green man-eating plant will take over the DWU Theatre stage, located on the south side of the Dakota Discovery Museum, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26-27 with another performance at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28. Four more performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4. A special Halloween performance will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $5 for DWU faculty and staff, and free to DWU students with a DWU I.D. Tickets may be purchased online at www.dwu.edu/performing-arts/tickets, or at the Dakota Discovery Museum, any time from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.