76 trombones will no longer parade the aisles of the Fort Salem Theater this season, as Omicron numbers increase in Washington County. Instead of the mass-market production of The Music Man, a more intimate 10-actor musical starring a flesh-eating plant, Little Shop of Horrors, will now take the stage from March 11-20. Tickets are on sale immediately.
“While we were very excited to welcome many new faces this season to The Music Man, a cast of over 30 performers of all ages feel irresponsible right now as we continue to monitor these stressful Covid variants,” said Kyle West, Executive and artistic Director. declared. “We are committed to providing a high quality performance and a safe atmosphere to our performers and our audience, and we hope that the popular Little Shop of Horrors will provide the perfect amount of fun and light laughs that we all need in this regard. moment. “
Additional production for young artists will also be announced shortly.The hearings of Little Shop of Horrors will take place on Monday 17 and Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 19h to 21h. Interested artists can make an appointment for a 5 minute hearing www.FortSalem.com/auditions. A Covid Compliance Officer will be present at all hearings, rehearsals and performances. A delightful yet delightful sci-fi musical on Broadway and Hollywood, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard ashman and Alain menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular series in the world. The show features sweet floral helper Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles upon a new breed of plant he names Audrey II after his crush on a coworker. This sassy carnivore and R&B singer promises endless fame and fortune to poor Krelborn as long as he continues to feed him! Seymour is faced with the difficult decision to give in to Audrey II’s vile demands and continue on the path to success, or return to his simple life. The show features hit songs like “Suddenly Seymour”, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Dentist”, “Feed Me” and “Don’t Feed The Plants”.The production is directed and choreographed by guest artist Harry turpin, Who participated in the national tour of the 30th anniversary of Annie. As a director, Turpin realized professionally across the country, including titles such as Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, The Who’s Tommy, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Grease and West Side Story, among others. For his work, he received the Gregory Award, several BroadwayWorld Awards and the “Best of the Fest” at the Seattle Fringe. Little Shop of Horrors marks the debut of Turpin Fort Salem Theatre.Dr. John Norine Jr. returns to Fort Salem Theater as musical director and technical director, having been invited as a guest artist for The Marvelous Wonderettes and Next To Normal, among other events. A native of Utica, NY, Norine holds a Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied music theory and history. He then continued his studies at the University of North Texas, where he earned an MA and PhD in musical arts in acting, studying conducting with Anshel Brusilow and Clay Couturiaux.Ethan Drinkwine is the stage manager, with Charles JI Krawczyk as set designer, Janelle Sando as costume designer, Courtnie Harrington as hair and makeup designer, and Michael gallagher as an accompanist rehearsal and performance. A sound designer and a live band (bass, drums, guitar) are still hiring.
Little Shop of Horrors occurs on the main stage of the theater of Fort Salem from 11 to 20 March, marking the kickoff of the season the 50th anniversary of the theater. Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $ 15. Ticket holders who booked for The Music Man can keep their places allocated for Little Shop of Horrors, or are invited to the exchange or refund at any time. For more information visit www.FortSalem.com.