March 24, 2014
Communications and Marketing
Opening on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., the Saint Anselm College student theatre group, the Abbey Players present the off-Broadway show "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Dana Center for the Humanities. The Abbey Players will perform March 28 - 29 at 7:30p.m., March 30 at 2 p.m., and April 4-5 at 7:30 p.m.
"Little Shop of Horrors" is a spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies and details the story of a floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.
The demanding production involves more than 25 students, a complicated set, and four different sized puppets. The cast includes senior Andrew Lambert, of Westfield, Mass., as Seymour Krelborn, the down-and-out floral assistant, while love of his life, Audrey, is played by sophomore politics major Kristine Adams of Alton, N.H. Freshman Tim Mannila, of Worcester, Mass., is the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II while sophomore Meaghan Hickey, of Arlington, Mass., is the puppeteer.
The current cast of the Abbey Players will honor an alumni cast in their performance on Sunday, March 30th at 2 p.m. Members of the cast and crew of the 1994 production of the same musical by the players will be in attendance to be recognized before the show begins and honored at a reception following the matinee.
The musical, one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, is written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, known for their work in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Aladdin."
This is director Carey Cahoon's last Abbey Player musical, following 12 productions in the last 12 years. The spring musical's choreographer was alumna Nikki Aubert Murray and musical director was Blake Leister.
Reserved seating for the show is $14. Tickets for Saint Anselm College faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, college students, and children 14 and under will be $12, and tickets for Saint Anselm College students will be $6.