Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: June 26 – July 6
Style: Musical | Comedy
Run Time: 2:15 with one intermission
Ages: Eight and up
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Music by Alan Menken, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Meet the Actors & Crew
HOWARD ASHMAN (Book and Lyrics) Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, "Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul...") Ashman's first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980's theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.
ALAN MENKEN (Music) Musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Patch Patch Patch, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, The Dream on Royal Street, Kicks, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, and Newsies. His film musicals include Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted, and Tangled. His dramatic underscores for films include Life With Mikey, Noel, The Shaggy Dog, and Mirror Mirror. Alan's television credits include writing numerous songs for "Sesame Street", composing the score for the ABC mini-series "Lincoln", contributing songs for the musical Polly, the Hallmark adaptation of his musical of A Christmas Carol and the songs for an episode of the ABC-TV series "The Neighbors”. Alan won the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his score to Newsies. He currently has more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including four for Best Score (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas) and 4 for Best Song ("Under the Sea", "Beauty and the Beast", "A Whole New World" and "Colors of the Wind"). He has earned 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for "A Whole New World"), 7 Golden Globes, London's Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Other notable achievements include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Billboard's number one single ("A Whole New World") and number one album (Pocahontas). In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend. He has also been awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010 he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
MICHAEL RADER (Director): See bio is Staff section of Playbill.
GARRETT TAYLOR (Music Director) is thrilled to return to The Cape Playhouse for a third summer of music directing. Broadway: Wicked, Annie (2012). National Tours: Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Grease, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Joseph, Sweet Charity, Annie. Regional: The Fulton Theatre, Flatrock Playhouse, The John W. Engeman, Broward Stage Door Theater, Gateway Playhouse. TV: CBS’s “A New York Christmas to Remember”. Garrett has been lucky to work at NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Marymount, Queens College, and AMDA. When residing in New York City, he operates a busy voice studio with many Broadway performers and promising singers. Special thanks to Artistic Director, Michael Rader. www.garrett-taylor.com
SHEA SULLIVAN (Choreographer) Shea is thrilled to be back on the Cape! Cape Playhouse credits include: Drowsy Chaperone, Sweet Charity , Legally Blonde, Crazy For You, Kiss Me Kate. Other select credits : Off-Broadway : R.R.R.E.D. (DR2) , Neurosis( DR2), Pageant! (Drama Desk Nomination Best Revival, Callaway Nomination) , PolkaDots- The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic Theater, Off Broadway Alliance Best Family Show), I’ll Say She Is. For Maltz Jupiter Theatre: The Producers, Will Roger Follies, Music Man (Carbonell Award), Crazy For You (Carbonell Award) . For Barrington Stage : Ragtime, Southern Comfort. Newsies (Westchester Broadway Theater), “Pan Am” (ABC), Christmas Carol (Fords Theater) , Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), Pete (Her) Pan (PACE). Proud member of SDC and board member of the Ziegfeld Club. www.SheaSullivan.com. @theSheaSullivan. Many thanks to our fearless leader Michael Rader!
PAUL DEPOO (Set):
RYAN PARK (Costume Designer) Cabaret (Boston Conservatory); LatinXOXO (Joe’s Pub); Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane); Altar Boyz (The Cape Playhouse); The Geranium on the Windowsill…(Flint Youth Theater); Joseph and the Amazing... (Drury Lane); A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! (Gershwin Entertainment); Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet (Time Shared Productions). Ryan has been the associate/assistant designer on over twenty Broadway productions including My Fair Lady (LCT), Warpaint, The King and I (LCT), Fiddler on the Roof, Gigi, and The Bridges of Madison County as well as operas at The Chicago Lyric, The English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, and The New York Philharmonic. TV and short film: “Are You Joking?” (The Battery Co.), “Sign” (Iris Prize), NBC “Upfronts”, and “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a proud member of United Scenic Artists, RyanParkDesign.com
TOMMY KURZMAN (Wig/Hair Design) Tommy is thrilled to be here again this season at The Cape! He designed Hair/Wigs for The Importance of being Earnest earlier this season. He recently designed makeup for: Broadway: All My Sons, True West, St. Joan, My Fair Lady, The Parisian Woman, The Little Foxes, Long Day’s Journey into Night, in addition to Bright Star, Fiddler on the Roof and Thérese Raquin. Hair Design credits include: The Cake (MTC), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sig. VA), Candide, Pushkin, La Cenerentola (MSM), Desperate Measures (NWS/York), Chess (DC) White Snake & Jazz (BCS). Tommy has been the Associate Hair Designer on over 15 Broadway Productions upon graduating from College in 2012. He also has built many wigs/pieces for Film/TV. Tommy is also a member of Local 798. He is represented by Summit Entertainment Group.
JARON HERMANSEN (Lighting Design) Jaron is Salt Lake City based lighting & projection designer, among his credits are: Clue, Altar Boyz, Steel Magnolias, Art, RED, The Foreigner, Murder for Two (The Cape Playhouse, MA). The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Eccles Theater, UT). Eleemosynary (The Brooks, CA). The King’s Men, Private Ear, Hedda Gabler, The Weird Play (Rose Wagner, UT). Bride of Frankenstein, Sonder, A Streetcar Named Desire (Found Spaces, UT). THE BRIDGE (Kingsbury Hall, UT). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for the United States Institute of Theater Technology Intermountain Desert Region, Jaron is a lecturer at Utah Valley University, and is a nominee of the USITT Young Professionals Rising Star award.
JOSEPH PALERMO (Sound Design) Joseph Palermo is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merrit Awards, and University of Glasgow for excellence in Design and Design Concepts. His next projects include the rest of The Cape Playhouses’ season, Cambodian Rock Band at The City Theatre and The Merrimack Theatre, and The Polar Express with Warner Brothers and Amtrak. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment, and applying the concepts of Quantum Physics to composition. Joseph is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.
KATE ANN WILSON (Stage Manager) is excited to join the Cape Playhouse family! National Tour: School of Rock (First National), Nice Work If You Can Get It (First National). Off Broadway: OCTET (Signature Theatre), The Mar Vista (Signature Theatre), All is Calm (Sheen Center), The Whale Play (The Drama Book Shop), Sleep No More. Regional: Tell Them I'm Still Young (SOPAC), The Last Five Years, The Who's Tommy, Funny Girl, Footloose, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Chicago, A Streetcar Named Desire, Carousel. Kate dedicates all of her work to her mother and father, Dave and Tracy Wilson.
CASSIE MCKAY (Assistant Stage Manager) Cassie grew up on the Cape, and is a current sophomore pursuing a BFA in Stage Management from Point Park University. Past credits include: Student Choreography Project, Raymond Laine Memorial One Acts (Pittsburgh Playhouse); Evita, Showboat, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies (Interlakes Summer Theatre); Oklahoma (Cotuit Center for the Arts); and Detective Sketches, Big Fish, Once on This Island, A Wrinkle in Time, The Love of Three Oranges (Sturgis Charter Public School). Thank you to her friends and family for their support, and to the Cape Playhouse for the opportunity to work on incredible theatre. Enjoy the show!
CAROLINE PASTORE (Assistant Stage Manager) is incredibly excited to be joining The Cape Playhouse team this summer! Caroline lives in Shelburne, VT and was a Stage Manager for FlynnArts for five years. Some of the productions she worked on there include: Cry- Baby, Cabaret and Once on This Island. She currently attends SUNY Purchase as a Theatre Design/Technology student and worked on We’re Gonna Be Okay this year as the Assistant Stage Manager. Caroline would like to thank the Cape Playhouse team for being so welcoming and her family and teachers for all their support.
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