October 25, 2013
SU gets hit with 'Horror'This Halloween will not only be a search for tricks and treats, but also the opening night of Susquehanna's fall musical "Little Shop of Horrors."
The show follows the tale of Seymour, a flower-shop owner who stumbles across a strange flesh-eating plant and takes it back to his shop. Then chaos ensues as the plant, which he names Audrey II, brings more baggage with it than Seymour expected.
"In short, the play is a hilarious and overdramatic love story between Seymour and Audrey, who also works at the floral shop, and he has to choose between the people he cares about or fame and fortune," sophomore Michael Geraci, assistant director for the show, said.
The show's opening falls on Halloween night, just before Susquehanna's annual Family Weekend. According to Geraci, the Department of Theatre wanted a musical that was not only tied to Halloween, but was also still family-oriented.
For the first time in its history, the Department of Theatre will be presenting a musical that will include puppets in its performance, mostly taking form in the flesh-eating plant Seymour brings into his shop. The puppeteers for the musical are first-years Hunter Brady, Matthew Potter and also Alex Logrippo.
With the addition of the puppetry, performance space will be more cramped than in typical performances. According to Geraci, there will be moments where all of the actors will be on stage, making it even more important that the performers have precise timing and execute their parts fluidly.
Associate Professor of Theatre and director of the musical Doug Powers said, "It's a comedy, so everything has to be clean."
He explained that the stage has to be very clear, even at times of cluttered actions.
Performers in this show include: first-year Benton Felty as Seymour, senior Willow Rasmussen as Audrey and senior Ben Bosnic as Orin, a dentist whom Seymour dislikes.
Opening night for "Little Shop of Horrors" is Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. Other performances will be on Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
"Honestly, people should go because of the giant man-eating plant. Seriously, four people are eaten in the show," sophomore Dan Trempel, a member of the stage crew said. "What better way to celebrate Halloween?"
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