BGSU Department of Theatre and Film presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s celebrated musical “Little Shop of Horrors” in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts this week only, Nov. 15-18.

Set on Skid Row in a city and decade not too far from our own, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of Seymour, a flower shop employee whose favorite plant, Audrey II, comes to life. Named after the object of Seymour’s affection, Audrey II demands increasing sacrifices of deadly proportions. Mixing comedy with horror, “Little Shop of Horrors” is a cautionary tale reminding us that the quest for fortune and fame can have dire consequences.

Based on a low-budget, 1960 science fiction horror film directed and produced by Roger Corman, “Little Shop of Horrors” features music by Menken, composer and lyricist for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.” Winner of the Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has been revived numerous times on and Off-Broadway, in the West End, and in tours across the U.S. and the U.K.

Dr. Michael Ellison, associate professor of theatre, directs and choreographs the production, which features musical direction by Jared Dorotiak, scenic and puppet design by Kelly Mangan, costume design by Margaret McCubbin, and lighting design by Steve Boone. The cast includes Tyler Strayer and Michael Cuschieri as Seymour, Anna Randazzo as Audrey, and Michael Carder as the voice of Audrey II. The cast also features Isaac Batty (Mr. Mushnik), Noah Froelich (Orin, the Dentist), Zayion Hyman (Chiffon), Sherry White (Crystal), Gabriyel Thomas (Ronnette), and a lively ensemble of BGSU performers.  

Performances in the Donnell Theatre are at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-17, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18. Tickets purchased in advanced are $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for other adults. All tickets are $20 if purchased on the day of performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts, or by calling 419-372-8171. 

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.