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Thursday, June 18, 1987
Rep brings "Little Shop" to festival
Dangerous vegetation thrives at Temple Theatre
By Scott Harrah
"Little Shop of Horrors," the Tony
Award-winning musical that was
made into a smash Hollywood film
last winter, will be performed by the
Nebraska Repertory Theatre during
the Flatwater Festival.
Omaha radio personality Dave
Wingert stars as Seymour, a milque
toast who works in a seedy urban
flower shop. While trying to win the
heart of buxom cashier Audrey
(Krista Scott), Seymour stumbles
upon a rare flytrap plant and cuts
off a piece of it. He becomes amused
by the plant and names it Audrey II
after his dumb but sexy coworker.
The plant fares poorly until Seymour
cuts his finger and the botanical
beauty licks its verdant chops in
anticipation of a sanguine supper.
'Teed me!" Audrey II whines in
basso profundo tones. Conse
quently, the plant flourishes while
Seymour succumbs to anemia.
Mushnik (Lee Schoonover), the
owner of the shop, is veering towards
bankruptcy until Seymour places
the blood-sucking little freak in the
store window and attracts phe
nomenal attention, then national
star status. Chaos and new-found
fortune ensues as Audrey II becomes
a cult icon and Musnik cashes in.
"Little Shop of Horrors" is loosely
based on schlock king Roger Cor
man's early '60s B movie, but thanks
to a chorus of bubbly black chorus
girls a la The Supremes, Audrey's
kinky relationship with her sado
masochistic dentist beaufriend and
some hilarious songs lampooning su
burban dreams ("I'll cook like Betty
Crocker and look like Donna
REEED!" Audrey sings in one tune),
it manages to maintain a premise
all its own. Filtered through a camp
sensibility, "Little Shop" shoves the
satirical needle into numerous sub
jects, giving it some provoking met
aphorical maxims that remain long
after the show is over. Howard Ash
man's stage version contains enough
pulp and comic-strip characters to
make its stereotypes transcend the
often maligned ashes of pop cultu
The UNL version of the musical
was directed by Jack Parkhurst of
Ralston. UNL dance professor Jerry
Bevington choreographed the show,
which will run Friday at 8 p.m. and
Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. "Little
Shop" will continue its performan
ces on June 23 through the 27th.
Shows will then resume on June 30
and end on July 3rd. All performan
ces will be held at Howell Theatre at
8 p.m. Tickets are now available at
the Temple box office, located on
12th and R streets, from 12 to 5 p.m.
For reservations call 472-2073.
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