It has been an active year for the Cayman
Drama Society, which this month is presenting Little Shop of Horrors, running
from 18 November to 12 December at the Prospect Playhouse.
This is the fourth production of the season
for the Society at the cozy, intimate location of the Prospect Playhouse and
Director Sheree Ebanks is excited to be rising to the challenge.
She gives some background to the story:
“Little Shop of Horrors started out as a Roger Corman, 1960s B-movie. It was a
campy black and white horror film, with a cameo by a very young Jack Nicholson.
In the 1980s the screenplay by Charles Griffith was adapted into a stage
musical with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken (the
composers of later Disney hits such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The
Sheree says the musical was so popular that
in 1986 it was made into a second movie, this time a musical starring big name
stars like Steve Martin, Bill Murray, and Rick Moranis.
The fun, yet creepy musical tells the story
of Seymour Krelborn, a timid loser who finds a mysterious plant that he names
Audrey II after a co-worker that he loves. As Seymour’s life improves and his
dreams start to come true, it becomes clear that the plant is a bloodthirsty,
man-eating alien that threatens to destroy the world.
“Enjoy the fun as Seymour makes his choices
– and reaps the consequences,” Sheree says. “The show is great fun for all
ages, it has great Sixties-style rock music, romance, murder and who doesn’t
enjoy a funny monster show once in a while?”
Sheree says that the logistics in obtaining
and bringing down the plant, Audrey II were quite a challenge. She located a
company in Massachusetts which was not only willing to ship the plants, but
also come to Cayman to work with technical directors, Neil Rooney and Tracy
Moore to bring the plants to life. JaDuke Scene shop personnel arrived in
Cayman in early August and within one week had the plants in tip top shape,
ready for rehearsals.
Rory Mann, will star as Seymour and
Kristina Horaceck will play his love interest, Audrey. Mr Mushnick, Seymour’s
adopted dad is played by Peter Kosa. The girl group singing narrators will be
played by Isabella Rooney (Chiffon), Melanie Ebanks (Crystal) and Teri Quappe
(Ronnette). The sadistic dentist, Orin, is played by Dominic Wheaton. Neil Rooney
is the voice of Audrey II, partnering with Cody Moore who will be undertaking
the plant puppeteering.
Other cast members include Martin Tedd, Valerie Tzuker
and Tamara Bryan. Glen Inanga is the musical director and Kelly Rooney is the
stage manager. Chuck and Barrie Quappe, otherwise known as Sea ‘N B will be
leading the band through each performance.
A new feature for CDS will be the opening
Pay as You Can preview night. This will be on a first come first served basis
on Thursday 18 November, 2010. No reservations will be accepted, but donations
will be gratefully accepted at the door before and after the performance.
Friday and Saturday 19 and 20 November at
7:00 pm and Sunday 21 November at 3:00 pm;
Friday and Saturday 26 and 27 November at
7:000 pm and Sunday 28 November at 3:00 pm;
Thursday and Friday 2 and 3 December at
7:00 pm and Sunday 5 December at 3:00 pm;
Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 December at
7:00 pm and Sunday 12 December at 3:00 pm.
Tickets are $25 adult and $15 for children
under 12. Group ticket discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
reservations call 949-5054 and for further information visit: www.cds.ky