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Slow Burn Theatre Company
their final production at West Boca High School
June 5 – June 28
“The vegetable must be destroyed!” – Seymour Krelborn
May 20, 2015:
BOCA RATON, FL: Little Shop of Horrors, Slow Burn Theatre Company’s final production in the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre before moving to their new home at the Broward Center, is a devilishly delicious mash up of sci-fi and Broadway, fertilizer and Faust, and of rock, doo-wop, and Motown. This ‘horror and rock-n-roll musical comedy’ has delighted audiences of all ages for over thirty years, and includes several well-known songs, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R & B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it… blood. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Based on Roger Corman’s low-budget 1960 ‘B’ movie The Little Shop of Horrors, the show’s music was composed by Alan Menken, with the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it ran for five years.
Alan Menken is best known for his work on films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Newsies, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled, The Shaggy Dog, and Mirror Mirror.
Howard Ashman collaborated with Menken on Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.
Little Shop of Horrors will be directed and choreographed by Carbonell Award-winning Director Patrick Fitzwater:
“We’re so excited to bring this production to life as our last show at West Boca Performing Arts Theatre with this all star local cast,” he says. “It’s a great chance for audiences of all ages to come out and celebrate everything that we have accomplished since we began in West Boca, and to look forward to building the future with us at the Broward Center.”
The cast of Slow Burn Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors includes Mike Westrich as Seymour Krelborn, Amy Miller Brennan as Audrey, Shane Tanner as Orin, and Matthew Korinko as Mushnick, along with Christine Alexander, Elisa Danielle, Nicole Dikum. Rick Peña and Gregory Johnson will handle plant duties as Audrey ll.
“I’m thrilled be able to tackle Seymour since he’s one of my favorite musical theatre heroes,” says Mike Westrich. “And I’m happy to be with Slow Burn for yet another show.” Westrich received extremely positive reviews for his turn in the company’s recent production of Rent. “It’s such a well received and well known musical,” he continues, “And getting to play opposite such enormously talented people in these iconic roles is just something that I can’t wrap my head around.”
Musical Direction for Little Shop of Horrors is by Andrew Gilbert, costumes are by Rick Peña, scenic design by Sean McClelland , lighting design by Lance Blank, and sound design is by Patrick Fitzwater.
Slow Burn Theatre Company is an award winning locally based professional theatre group providing South Florida’s diverse population with opportunities to experience high quality, daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theatre. Shows are selected that educate and provoke thought as well as entertain.
Little Shop of Horrors will run for 12 performances – from June 5th through June 28th – at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater on the campus of West Boca Raton High School on Glades Road in Boca Raton. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://slowburntheatre.org ,or by calling 866-811-4111.
For more information about Little Shop of Horrors or Slow Burn Theatre Company, please visit http://slowburntheatre.org or contact Matthew Korinko at firstname.lastname@example.org /954-323-7884 or Carol Kassie (email@example.com / 561-445-9244).
Little Shop of Horrors
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
June 5 – June 28
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm,
Sunday at 2 pm
For Tickets: 866-811-4111 / http://slowburntheatre.org
West Boca Performing Arts Theatre
at West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, 33498
3.5 miles west of 441 on Glades Road
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