An image from the 1986 film version of The Little Shop of Horrors.
An image from the 1986 film version of The Little Shop of Horrors. Contributed

Little Shop of Horrors to open in Bangalow

THE Little Shop of Horrors is the next production that will be unveiled by the Bangalow Theatre Company.

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors has grown into a cult piece of theatre and film that will transform the A&I Hall into the grimy, hard luck streets of Skid Row in November.

Founding member and vice president of the Bangalow Theatre Company, Anouska Gammon, said the company is excited with the announcement.

"We are excited to be putting our own stamp on such a fantastic script and score," she said.

"We have had so much fun in the design stages of this production and the energy and enthusiasm within the team is palpable. There is so much to love about Little Shop!"

Bangalow theatre Company founders Anouska Gammon and Adrienne Lester.
Bangalow theatre Company founders Anouska Gammon and Adrienne Lester. Christina de Water

Auditions for BTC's twist on Little Shop of Horrors will take place in July.

The musical

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.

The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That's Green, and Suddenly, Seymour.

The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run.

Because of its small cast and relatively simple orchestrations, it has become popular with community theatre, school and other groups.

The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.

For details visit http://www.bangalowtheatre.com.au/



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