Village Theater has announced the cast and creative team for its 2022/23 season-opening production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway classic, Little Shop of Horrors, by award winners Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Starring local actors Kyle Nicholas Anderson as Seymour and Shanelle Nicole Leonard as Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors will take place in Issaquah from September 14 to October 23, 2022 and in Everett from October 28 to November 20, 2022. Single tickets can be purchased now through the Village Theater box office in person at Issaquah (303 Front Street, Issaquah) or Everett (2710 Wetmore Ave, Everett), by phone at (425) 392-2202, or online at VillageTheatre.org.
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, Little Shop of Horrors is a hugely entertaining parody of 1950s sci-fi films that has become a household name, thanks in large part to the success of the songwriting team that brought Disney to life. animated blockbusters The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Director Brandon Ivie said: “I’m so excited to return to the gritty buoyancy that Howard Ashman originally envisioned in Little Shop of Horrors. I wouldn’t call it a reimagining, but I hope to call it a reinvigoration. Little Shop of Horrors can feel a little “paint-by-numbers”, which can make it fun but without bite. The cast we’ve assembled dives into understanding what makes Little Shop of Horrors so equally funny, emotional , spooky and totally entertaining and that’s going to make this little shop of horrors feel fresh and full.”
The Village Theater’s Little Shop of Horrors cast includes Belle Shippy as Crystal (HBO’s Here and Now), Brandi Birdsong as Ronnette (Oregon Coast College: West Side Story), Eric Polani Jensen as Mushnik (Village Theatre: She Loves Me), Shanelle Nicole Leonard as Audrey (Village Theatre: My Heart Is the Drum), Kyle Nicholas Anderson as Seymour (Village Theatre: Guys & Dolls), Nick Watson as Orin Scrivello DDS (Village Theatre: Guys & Dolls), Kennedy Salters as The Voice of Audrey II (Broadway: Waitress) and John David Scott as Audrey II Puppeteer (Village Theatre: Guys & Dolls).
The stunt doubles include Ania Briggs (Chiffon, Audrey), Elsa Miller (Chiffon, Crystal), Jadyn Muralt (Ronnette, The Voice of Audrey II), Josh Krupke (Mushnik), Brad Lo Walker (Seymour) and Vincent Milay (Orin Scrivello DDS , Audrey II Puppeteer).
The creative team includes director Brandon Ivie, musical directors Aaron M. Davis Norman and Tim Symons, choreographer Randy Ford, associate musical director Aimee Hong, associate choreographer Robbi Moore, set designer Tim Mackabee, costume designer Sarafina Bush, lighting designer Robert Aguilar, wig and hairstylist Kaleena Jordan, sound designer Kurt Conway, stage manager Shay Trusty, assistant stage manager Stefania Giron Zuluaga and playwright Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Brandon Ivie
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ambitions that threaten the romantic inclinations of our hero… and the world! of writing
team that brought us Disney’s animated blockbusters The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the
Beast and Aladdin, this Broadway classic mixes the sounds of rock and Motown, considered one of the funniest musicals of all time. Warning: do not feed the plants!