“Little Shop of Horrors” Features Midnight Showing
Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg’s student theatre company, presented Little Shop of Horrors in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Hale Studio Theatre. The production featured four performances: evening shows October 28–29 and a matinee October 30 before a special midnight showing that evening (at 11:59 p.m.) to ring in Halloween.
“Little Shop has remained popular ever since its off-Broadway debut,” says faculty member and Director of Theatre Kelly Dowling P ’21, ’21, ’23, who directed the show. “I think the silliness of the premise balanced with the sincere characters has really connected with our students. The show has man-eating plants, sadistic dating, and songs that satirize almost every musical-theatre genre. But it also has some genuinely sweet moments between characters and the ensemble has worked hard to honor those, while still leaning into the absurd humor.”
The performance, featuring book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is a campy, comedic, horrific, sci-fi musical. The action follows what happens when Seymour Krelborn brings a new plant to his job at a floral shop. He has no idea how it will change his life when he suddenly discovers he has everything he ever wanted: family, money, fame, and the girl of his dreams. But at what cost? All he has to do is kill a person, or two, or more.
A cast and crew of 23 students brought the production to life. To accommodate this imaginative, high-energy production, the seating in the Hale Studio Theatre was transformed into a “tennis court-style” setup with seating on two sides of a long space where the action of the play takes place.
“The ensemble has tackled so many rehearsal challenges due to the new space layout, continued COVID-19 restrictions, and even changes in staffing,” Dowling says. “I hope our community will come out and support all that effort by filling the house for each performance. We guarantee thrills, chills, and a lot of laughs.”
The next arts performance of the season is the Fall Dance Concert Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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