MONMOUTH – The Monmouth Community Players will present “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 Off-Broadway musical black comedy about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a talking plant that feeds on human blood.

The play, written by Howard Ashman, will be staged March 7-9 and March 14-16 at Cumston Hall.

The musical was based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy “The Little Shop of Horrors.” The musical score, composed by Alan Menken in the style of 1960s rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several show-stoppers, including “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly Seymour,” as well as the title song.

MCP’s large musical production for the year, the show features a live rock band under the direction of Mike Shaw of Auburn.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is directed by Michael T. French of North Wayne; Thalia Ravlin of Greene is assistant director. Tori Lee Jackson of North Wayne is producer.

Production crew members are David and Michelle Handley of Monmouth, Mark Hutton of Greene and Shawn Schultz of Monmouth, set designers; Stephanie Roberts Shaw of Auburn, stage manager; Greg French of Auburn, lighting; and Lisa Patton of Auburn, costuming.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. They may be reserved by calling 933-2229. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.


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