2nd time around for troupe's 'Little Shop of Horrors' For 20th anniversary, musical gets another run

March 19, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Pasadena Theatre Company begins its 20th year with "Little Shop of Horrors," which will open March 27 at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts and continue in April at the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park.

"Little Shop of Horrors," which the company also performed 10 years ago, is the only play to be repeated in the company's two-decade history. President Sharon Steele says it was a favorite of friend and supporter George Yeager, who died last month at 90.

A first-night champagne reception celebrating the play's opening and the company's anniversary will be a benefit for Health Education Resource Organization, which supports AIDS research.

Pasadena Theatre Company will present the first multi-show theatrical production at the new Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park. Plans are to move in April 17, and crews are constructing sets and rehearsing there.

"Little Shop of Horrors" is directed by Chuck Dick, produced by ** Sharon Steele and stars Lauren Taylor as Audrey; Gary Yealdhall as Seymour, reprising the role he performed in Pasadena's original production; and Tony Anzalone as Mushnick. Michael Davis will play Orin, the sadistic dentist, and Phil Greenfield will be the voice of the plant, Audrey II.

First produced in New York in July 1982, "Little Shop of Horrors" was based on Roger Corman's 1960 cult film about a man-eating Venus flytrap in a Skid Row flower shop. Music is by Alan Menken and lyrics and book by the late Howard Ashman, who also directed the Broadway show.

Songs include "Little Shop of Horrors," "Skid Row," "Grow for Me," "Somewhere That's Green" and "Suddenly Seymour."

The opening night benefit will feature Shirley Ashman Gershman, mother of Howard Ashman, who also wrote lyrics for "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." Ashman died of AIDS in 1991.

"Little Shop of Horrors" will be presented at the Pascal Center March 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.; March 29 at 3 p.m.; April 3 at 8 p.m.; April 4 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and April 5 at 3 p.m. Performances at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts will be on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.; April 19 at 3 p.m.; April 24 and 25 at 8 p.m.; and April 26 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for children. For information and reservations, call 410-969-1801.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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