RANGELEY — Rangeley Friends of the Arts will present the Broadway hit “Little Shop of Horrors” in early July at Lakeside Theater.

Leading man Tim Straub plays Seymour Krelborn, an orphan (and nerd extraordinaire) who works in the least successful flower shop on New York’s skid row. In fact, business is so pitiful at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists that cranky owner Mr. Mushnik (Les Hoekstra) has informed his two employees, Seymour and bleach blonde bimbo-with-a-heart-of-gold Audrey (Erin Smith), that the time has come to close shop for good.

Fortunately for Seymour and Audrey, a customer is so charmed by the strange plant sitting in the store window that he buys $100 worth of roses. Could this exotic plant, which Seymour just happened to find not long after a total eclipse of the sun, be the answer to their prayers?

There is only one problem. The plant has a craving for human blood and the drops Seymour gives it from his increasingly bandaged fingers are soon nowhere near enough to satisfy its cravings.

For a 1982 off-Broadway musical based on a no-budget, black-and-white film shot in two days, “Little Shop of Horrors” has come a long way.  A London West End production opened in 1983 and a movie version was released in 1986, even as “Little Shop” continued to entertain off-Broadway audiences for 2,209 performances. A big stage revival finally took the show to Broadway in 2003. 

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on July 1, 2, 4 and 5. Tickets, $15, are available at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce or call 864-5364.

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