A new production of the 1982 Off-Broadway classic musical Little Shop of Horrors is headed for a real-life flower shop in Ithaca, New York. The site-specific production, set for April 24–28, will help mark the 125th anniversary of Bool's Flower Shop.
The project is the brainchild of producer and Ithaca College senior Jacob Stuckelman, who contacted Bool's owner, Doreen Culver-Foss, with the idea last summer.
"I was in shock when Jacob came to me with the idea and had no idea how the production would work logistically," shares Culver-Foss. The shop will be open for regular business during the run of the show, with the production team loading in all needed equipment set pieces in and out for each performance.
Little Shop of Horrors is based on the famously low-budget 1960 horror film The Little Shop of Horrors and takes place entirely in and around a skid row flower shop. The musical adaptation, featuring music by Alan Menken and a book and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, premiered Off-Broadway in 1982. A 1986 movie musical adaptation featured Ellen Greene reprising her stage performance as Audrey opposite Rick Moranis. The '60s-pastiche score, described by its writers as "the dark side of Grease," contains such songs as "Skid Row," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly Seymour."
"Site-specific theatre is a way to enhance traditional storytelling and adds layers of specificity and realism that can't be achieved through other mediums," shares Stuckelman. "What excites me about this production is that Seymour and Audrey's world is inside the flower shop while our reality is right outside the front doors."
Stuckelman has assembled a team of fellow Ithaca College students to create the production, including co-producer Ben Fleischer, director Alisar Awwad, and music director Daniel Mullarney.
For more information, visit LittleShopofBools.com.