College to present agreeably grisly `Little Shop of Horrors' this month

March 02, 2001

Western Maryland College's student theater production of "Little Shop of Horrors" features hummable tunes and a plant slightly different from the one featured in the original stage and screen performances.

The college production, which follows the Broadway script rather than the happily-ever-after 1986 screenplay, will be presented at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow, Sunday and March 8-10 in Alumni Hall.

As the voice of the plant, WMC stage veteran Erin Owen, a senior from Gambrills, gives the carnivorous vine a seductive, sensuous quality that complements its manipulative ways and hunger for power and fame.

"We can give the plant a little more dimension as a female," said Elizabeth van den Berg, director and a senior lecturer in the Theatre Arts department.

Inside the beastly plant, Justin Adkins, a junior from Princess Anne, controls the movements that bring it to life. By the end of the show, six actors are in the plant, including four who, after being devoured, add their voices to give it a huge musical sound.

Erika Resch, a Class of 2000 Theatre Arts graduate, is the plant's architect. Four plants were fashioned to reflect its growth throughout the show, and student actors rehearsed to learn its movements.

Tickets to the play are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets and information: 410-857-2448.

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