Little Shop of Horrors Begins Halloween Downtown Run Tonight at NYU

News   Little Shop of Horrors Begins Halloween Downtown Run Tonight at NYU New York University presents Little Shop of Horrors, staged by students from the Educational Theatre program at Steinhardt the School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

The entire cast and crew is made up of undergraduate and graduate students in the Program in Educational Theatre at Steinhardt. The cast includes Andrew Anzul as Seymour, Bethany Moore as Audrey, Zak Ferentz as Mushnick, Katie Braun as Audrey II, Andrew Coopman as the Dentist and Rachel Gubow, Chelsea Flores and Alexandra Richardson as the street urchins.

Other cast members include Josephine Cho, Liana Costable, Kordell Draper, Emma Vissicchio, Christopher Gooley and Alexis Lounsbury.

The production includes four puppets, the pods, to showcase the man-eating plant at various stages of its growth. Josephine Cho, Kordell Draper and Christopher Gooley serve as puppeteers.

The musical, according to NYU, "tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphan who works in a florist's shop and discovers an exotic plant that lives off human blood. Soon the plant, 'Audrey II,' grows into a sinister, ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore that offers to help Seymour achieve his dreams in love and fame in exchange for keeping the supply of blood flowing. Swayed by his desire to be noticed by fellow florist, Audrey, Seymour caves and strikes a deal with the sanguine plant."

Steinhardt doctoral student Rachel Whorton is the show's musical director with Dr. Amy Cordileone, a teacher from the Program in Educational Theatre, choreographing. David Montgomery directs. The crew includes Elizabeth Lozado, Shayna Blecherman, Seohee "July" Bok, Sophie Rosenthal (dance captain), Ashley Miskoff (dance captain), Mark Lussier (assistant stage manager), Orianna Miles (assistant stage manager), Jamie Lerner (assistant director) and Talia Krispel (production stage manager).

Originally a film directed by Roger Corman, Little Shop of Horrors features a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken.

Performances take place in the Black Box Theatre at 82 Washington Square East. For tickets, visit Tickets.NYU.edu or call (212) 998-4941.

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