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Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of HorrorsApril 9 - May 25
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman; Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

 

The witty, tuneful tale of a nerdish florist whodiscovers his chance for success andromance with the help of a growing carnivorous plant. You will scream and laugh and cry at the same time at this campy, amusing, and perversely sophisticated musical. Seymour will do ANYTHING to attract the love of his life Audrey, even making a pact with a blood thirsty plant. Based on the low-budget 1960 film of the same name, Little Shop of Horrors is a laughable send-up to B-movie horror flicks blended with the music of 1950s girl-group pop, doo-wop, and early Motown soul. The musical features and excellent book by Howard Ashman, a 1974 Indiana University graduate, and an outstanding score by Tony and Academy Award winning composer, Alan Menken. The duo went on to pen The Little Mermaid, the first Disney animated movie in 30 years, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin

 

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Little Shop of Horrors Press Release
Read a recent review of Little Shop of Horrors in The Papers
Little Shop of Horrors
Trivia

Amish Acres

Amish Acres

 

Little Shop of Horrors
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Who Knew Success Would Come With Messy, Nasty Strings…

Jeremy LittlejohnWelcome to the completion of a dream! A little over a decade ago, I sat down with our Executive Producer, Mr. Richard Pletcher, and began making my argument for why The Round Barn Theatre should bring Little Shop of Horrors to the Joseph Stein Stage. He was, understandably hesitant. This dramatically “Black Comedy” differs greatly from the typical Rodgers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Loewe fair we typically populate our season with. One of the main elements that continuously drew me toward it was the complexity of the characters and the unique method of story-telling it employed. After working on countless “popcorn” musicals that were enjoyable, but didn’t necessarily stretch me as an artist, it was important that I have an opportunity to explore such a multifaceted script and score. This piece is not content to just have two attractive people falling in love, and end with a wedding. It challenges you to see the humanity in all of us, and question what we would be prepared to do, to earn the deepest desires of our hearts. Year after year, I would present the idea, and was always met with rejection. It wasn’t until we finally put it on our survey last year that I was able to discover many others who were also eager to see The Round Barn Theatre’s unique take on this “cult” classic. This imbued me with a new feeling of confidence, and allowed us to proceed with the project with peace in our hearts. I would like to thank Mr. Pletcher for being willing to walk down this path of uncertainty, and a huge thanks to all of the cast and crew for indulging my “kid in a candy store” moments. And to all of our patrons, thank you so much for indulging this Director’s lifelong dream. Cheers!

Jeremy Littlejohn

A Note from the Music Director…

Amish AcresLittle Shop of Horrors has always been one of my favorite musicals. It has a campy charm to it. Even my brothers, who are not necessarily fans of musical theatre, can quote the show - especially the iconic line "FEED ME!" The 1986 film version certainly left an impression on my generation. Those of you who are more familiar with the film adaptation may notice some new things in the stage production. Primarily, many songs from the show were cut from the movie, including "Closed For Renovation" and "Mushnik and Son". Then, of course, there is also the different ending, the lyric changes, and many other details that make the stage version unique. The composer and lyricist for Little Shop, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, are best know for their work on Disney films, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid". For this show they chose a 50's doo wop feel for many of the numbers, even naming the "street urchins" after famous doo-wop groups: The Crystals, The Ronettes, and The Chiffons. I've always appreciated the score, and what a fun show to play! Thank you for coming and I hope the show satiates your appetite for theatre! 

Travis Smith

 

Little Shop of Horrors Cast

 

Chiffon

Sarah Philabaum

Crystal

Nicole Tompkins

Ronnette

Errión Haywood

Mushnik

Matthew C. Scott

Audrey

Millicent Martin

Seymour

Joe Ford

Derelict / Audrey II (Voice)

Travis Cox

Orin, Bernstein, Snip, Luce & everyone else

Ryan A. Schisler

 

Little Shop of Horrors Orchestra

 

Piano

Travis Smith

Keyboard

Catherine Hammer

Bass

Tom Slavey

Drums

Brian Bell

 

Little Shop of Horrors Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

George Bush

Director/Choreographer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Timothy James

Company Manager

Joe Ford

Technical Director

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

Erin Clossen

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

Timothy James

Scenic Artist

Matthew C. Scott

Dance Captain

Sarah Philabaum

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Web Design

Brian Bell

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones

*Special thanks to Richard & Martha Coven of the Culver Military Academy Theatre Department for the magical puppets!

 

Time & Place: The month of September in an early year of a decade not too long before our own.  In and Around Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists; An Urban Skid Row.

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Prologue

 

Little Shop of Horrors

Crystal, Ronnette & Chiffon

   

Act I

 

Scene 1

 

Downtown (Skid Row)

Company

Da-Doo

Seymour & the Girls

Grow For Me

Seymour

Scene 2

 

Ya Never Know

Mushnik, Seymour & the Girls

Somewhere That's Green

Audrey

Scene 3

 

Closed For Renovation

Seymour, Audrey & Mushnik

Dentist

Orin & the Girls

Mushnik and Son

Mushnik & Seymour

Git It

Audrey II & Seymour

Scene 4

 

Now (It's Just the Gas)

Seymour & Orin

Little Shop of Horrors

the Girls

 

Act II

 

Scene 1

 

Call Back in the Morning

Audrey & Seymour

Suddenly Seymour

Seymour & Audrey

Suppertime

Audrey II & the Girls

Scene 2

 

The Meek Shall Inherit

Company

Scene 3

 

Sominex / Suppertime (Reprise)

Audrey & Audrey II

Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)

Audrey

Finale (Don't Feed the Plants)

Company

 

Bios

Travis CoxTravis Cox (Audrey II – Voice) is originally from Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from ORU with a B.A. in Theatre and Music. He has performed in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Illinois and Indiana in various Musical and Shakespeare productions.

 

 

 

 

Joe FordJoe Ford (Seymour / Company Mgr.) was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, then received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  The majority of years since then have been spent in the theatres of Portland, OR and Chicago, IL.  Favorite productions around the country include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, Cinderella’s Prince / Wolf in Into the Woods, Joseph in Joseph…and the U.S. Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera.  Joe thinks his parents are awesome, and that his cat, Monkey, is the best cat in the world.



Errión HaywoodErrión Haywood (Ronnette) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia into a musically creative family.  Errion started out as a recording artist and found that she enjoys theatre and musical theatre much more, when she was placed in her first musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live!  She’s excited to be a part of the Round Barn Theatre’s first production of Little Shop of Horrors.

 

 

 

Millicent MartinMillicent Martin (Audrey) is thrilled to be making her debut here at The Round Barn Theatre! Millie attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, NY. She was also a scholarship student at the prestigious Steps on Broadway where she received rigorous training with an emphasis in Musical Theatre & Jazz. Some of Millie's favorite roles include: Val in A Chorus Line, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Sharpay in High School Musical & Annie in Chicago. Millie has traveled all over doing what she loves, and it couldn't have been done without some special people. She would like to thank Jeremy for the incredible opportunity to play Audrey. She would also like to thank her family for being supportive in this ever changing career. Lastly, she would like to thank Adam for continually inspiring her to grow and pursue her dreams.

Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Chiffon / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return for her fourth season here at The Round Barn Theatre. You may remember her last season as Doralee in 9-5, Mavis in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping and Ruth in Plain and Fancy. For the summer, Sarah is traveling to Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado to perform in Les Miserables, Shrek and the regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody.
Special thanks to Jeremy Littlejohn for all that you do. You're wonderful and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you!

 

Ryan SchislerRyan A. Schisler (Orin) is a 2012 Murray State graduate from Owensboro, Kentucky. He was recently seen at Theatre West Virginia where he played the villainous Jim Vance in Hatfields and McCoys. Other favorite credits include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes and directing The Drowsy Chaperone.
I would like to thank my family for all their love and support.

 

 

 

Matthew C. ScottMatthew C. Scott (Mushnik) is from Orbisonia, PA and has been a professional Actor / Director for eighteen years! No stranger to The Round Barn Theatre, Matthew most recently directed Miracle on 34th Street in 2012, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping and Arsenic and Old Lace in 2013. You may have also seen him craving the spotlight as the Reverend Mother in Nunsense A-Men or keeping the Lutheran peace as Pastor Gunderson in both Church Basement Ladies productions. Some other highlights of his acting career include John Dickinson in 1776, George in She Loves Me, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tommy in Brigadoon, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and the Baker in Into the Woods. Following his Spring in Nappanee, Matthew will be spending his summer with Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois.

Nicole TompkinsNicole Tompkins (Crystal) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre stage where her most recent credit was State Fair. A graduate of Wright State University with a BFA in Acting, she has performed most recently in Dayton, OH and Clinton, IA.  Favorite credits include Maria in The Sound of Music, Illona in She Loves Me, and Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Much love and gratitude to my family and friends for their unwavering support while I pursue my dreams.

 

 

Little Shop of Horrors Staff Biographies

Brian Bell (Drums) is excited to be making his debut in The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres. He is from Nappanee and is the Hotel Manager and Webmaster for Amish Acres. Brian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ashland University (2004) and a Master of Music degree from Ohio University (2007). At Ashland University, he played percussion for musicals including Godspell and The Fantasticks.  Brian taught music for five years in the public school system where he was the music director for the high school musicals conducting the pit orchestra for Seussical and Copacabana. While teaching, his instrumental groups earned many honors and Superior ratings in Ohio Music Education Association Adjudicated Events.  

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the incredible 2014 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. She would like to thank her high school drama teacher, Karen H Crane for giving her first job as a costume designer 20 years ago. Karen, thank you for starting me on this path and inspiring me to become the person I am today. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford.  
Visit www.amber-burgess.com.

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2014 season.

Erin Clossen (Sound) is a stage manager, director, and performer originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with many professional theatres including BoarsHead Theater, Williamston Theatre, Stormfield Theatre and White Heron Theatre Company as well as with Michigan State University’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble and MSU’s Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center. Favorite past projects include Spinning Into Butter (Sarah Daniels), How I Learned to Drive (Female Greek Chorus), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Director), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Director), Among Friends (SM), Forbidden Broadway (ASM), All Childish Things (ASM)and The High Rise: A Comedy in Mask (Co-Writer, Featured Ensemble). Erin holds a BA in Theatre from Aquinas College.

Catherine Hammer (Keyboard 2) is excited to be returning to Amish Acres for this production. Previous productions at the Round Barn include Once Upon a Mattress, Cats, Cinderella, Nunsense 2: The Second Coming and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Shelby in The Spitfire Grill, Kelsey in High School Musical and Bebe in A Chorus Line. Last year, Catherine had the wonderful opportunity to tour the United States and China as Zoe in Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes!

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is from Anderson, SC and is pleased to be starting his career here at The Round Barn Theatre. Timothy attended Anderson University where he received a B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. While at Anderson University, he learned that his passion for theater did not simply fall into one category. He has a love for all things in the theater whether it be acting or “behind- the- scenes”. Though his passion for theater is vast, his focus still remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite shows he has had the pleasure to stage manage include The Misanthrope and A Raisin in the Sun, where he received nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, a local theater competition. He hopes to be just as successful while here at The Round Barn Theatre.  

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is so pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for his sixth season as Artistic Director. Jeremy grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997. He is probably remembered for his performance credits but is most proud of introducing plays to Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage. He was particularly excited to celebrate the ten year anniversary and reopening of the Second Stage with this season’s very successful Greater Tuna. He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles; and directed the show six times, including the 20th Anniversary season. Some of his other directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Driving Miss Daisy, The Wizard of Oz, Lost in Yonkers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.

Visit www.iamjlj.com for more details.


Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to The Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 27 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.
At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags and a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007.  Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Bass / Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start a family of his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn for another great season. Prior roles here include Abel Frake in State Fair, Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men, and the Tin Man in last season’s holiday production, The Wizard of Oz. He has also served as the resident Music Director for the past 4 seasons. In his free time, Travis is a freelance composer and arranger and is excited that one of his projects, Steeple People, will be presented here at Amish Acres in the Fall. Please check out www.travis-smith.com for more information about Travis and Steeple People
Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!

 

 

Amish AcresLittle Shop of Horrors
Theme Dinner: April 11 and May 2

Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Suppertime

Soup
Split Pea Soup

Appetizers
Avocado Dip and Wry Squares
Raspberry Baked Brie
Spinach Pinwheels

Salad
Fresh Salad Greens with Amish Acres Toppings
Corn Bread Layer Salad

Breads
Chocolate and Banana Muffins
Whipped Cinnamon Butter

Entrees
Seared Salmon with Strawberry Basil Relish
Horrible Honey Glazed Ham Stake

Pasta
Dirty Rice

Vegetables
Mean Green Bean Cassorole
Home Grown Squash with Brown Sugar

Desserts
Audrey's Bloody Velvet Cake
Bouquet of Cookie Flowers
Crummy Cherry Pie
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)
Round Barn Wines (extra charge)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960 black and white B movie The Little Shop of Horrors.

It was shot in 2 days and 1 night, using another movie's set and music for $30,000.

It was directed by Roger Corman, Academy Award winning director of Rock 'n Roll High School, Death Race 2000, Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World and Piranha.

In 1982 Menken and Ashman paid tribute to the B movie genre in general and Little Shop of Horrors in particular, with their off-Broadway production with Doo-wop, Rock and Roll, Early Motown songs like "Suddenly Seymour", "Somewhere That's Green", and Skid Row (Downtown). 2,200 performances, later, it was the third-longest running musical in Broadway History.

Alan Menken has won eight Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song, second to only Alfred Newman, for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. 

Howard Ashman held a masters degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Menken was writing the score to Beauty and the Beast at the same time as the score for Little Shop of Horrors.

The creators kept the musical from transferring to Broadway because they thought it was to intimate of a show.

Jack Nicholson made his screen debut in the original 1960 movie.