Set Design for Little Shop of Horrors by Samantha Burson
Photos by: Hilary Gauld Commercial
The Off-Broadway Sensation
March 8 to March 26
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
5 Great Reasons to See
Little Shop of Horrors
Look out! Something strange is growing at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. A peculiar plant has taken over the stage for Drayton Entertainment’s season opener, the sensational off-Broadway musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors on stage from March 8 to March 26.
Don’t be fooled by the title – Little Shop of Horrors isn’t scary, it’s pure fun.
Why see Little Shop of Horrors?
Reason #1 – The amazing music is written by the Disney dream team!
Before Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken created the musical Little Shop of Horrors that went on to become a cult classic all over the world, winning the Drama Critics Award, Drama Desk Award and Evening Standard Award all for Best Musical, and spawning the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. The captivating music, composed in the style of sixties doo-wop and early Motown, has several show-stoppers, including “Skid Row (Downtown),” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly Seymour.”
Reason #2 – Little Shop of Horrors is more silly than scary. You’ll laugh!
Chock full of amazing harmonies, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and a bizarre yet uproarious story, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of audiences worldwide for over 30 years. Nerdy floral clerk Seymour Krelborn has a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. There’s only one teeny — but ‘growing’ — problem: This plant has an unusual diet.
Check out the behind the scene sneak peek video below from the first day of rehearsals with the cast!
Reason #3 – Cool stage effects, spinning sets and dazzling costumes.
As the show goes on, Seymour discovers that feeding the big bad plant named Audrey II requires juicier and juicier ingredients. The plant grows on stage – it starts the size of a basketball and becomes as big as a small car. The set, designed by Samantha Burson, rotates on stage to show the inside of the flower shop and other locations (see the set model in the pictures below). The flashy costumes are inspired by early Motown. Designer Ivan Brozic has created lavish dresses for the Supremes-inspired Skid Row trio of doo-wop girls who narrate the story Dreamgirls-style (see costume designs in progress).
Follow Audrey II through Instragram as he explores Waterloo Region
Reason #4 – A terrific cast packed with notable performers!
Stratford actor Ken James Stewart is Seymour, Drayton Entertainment favourite Jayme Armstrong is Audrey, Jamie McKnight is Orin, the dentist, Nicholas Rice is the flower shop owner Mr. Mushnik, and Broadway actor Lee Siegel is the voice of the plant with Gregory Pember as the Puppeteer. Juno Award-winning Canadian soul singer Divine Brown is Crystal along with Vanessa Cobham as Chiffon and Shahi Teruko as Ronnette.