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MBU Theatre Presents “Little Shop of Horrors”

Missouri Baptist University’s theatre department is bringing “Little Shop of Horrors” to the stage at the end of the month.

The second show in MBU Theatre’s 2018-2019 season, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. The R&B-singing carnivore promises fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it blood.

Performances run from Sept. 27-30 on the stage of the Pillsbury Chapel & Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. The musical begins at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee.

Kasey Cox, Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre, said she chose this musical, “first and foremost, because I knew it would stretch our students in the right ways. I also really love the music and the story. Seymour is one of my favorite characters in musical theatre. The story of how he will sacrifice everything because of his love for Audrey is beautiful.”

Just four weeks after the semester began, MBU Theatre is preparing to open their second show. Cox said, “It has been challenging to move so quickly from one show to the next so early in the school year. The students are handling it like pros, though.”

“The show is fun and upbeat, with a great soundtrack and fun, zany characters,” said Cox. “It has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and I couldn’t have a better group of students to direct.”

The rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors” with screenplay by Charles Griffith.

“Little Shop of Horrors” uses music and humor to gently warn of the dangers of sacrificing morals for material gain.

The production includes the following cast and crew:

Seymour – Nathanael Pezzo
Audrey – Lindsey Peters
Audrey II (Voice) – Jamin Walker
Audrey II (Puppeteers) – Daniel Dilworth, Nick Cook, Hayden Bennett
Mr. Mushnik – Tyler Gruen
Orin Scrivello – Cameron Tyler
Ronnette – Rachel Yarbrough
Crystal – Whitney Weber
Chiffon – Alle Head
Mr. Bernstein – Nick Cook
Mrs. Luce – Alicia Neale
Skip Snip – Cameron Hume
Ensemble – Daniel Dilworth, Autumn Hill, Nick Cook, Jamin Walker, Cameron Hume, Alicia Neale

Director – Kasey Cox
Music Director – Michael Frazier
Assistant Director – Sarah Dickey
Stage Manager – Eliana Steele
Assistant Stage Managers – Hayden Bennett, Rebekah Side
Vocal Director – Tia Spencer
Choreographer – Claire Horrocks
Dance Captain – Rebekah Side
Costume Designer – Andrea Robb
Costume Assistants – Jon Ellison, Ali Patton
Set Designer – Jason Stahr
Sound Designer – Eric Phillips
Graphic Designer – Steven Bolt

Ticket information:

  • General Admission in advance: $15
  • General Admission at the door: $18
  • Seniors (65+)/Alumni/Faculty/Staff: $10
  • Non-MBU Students: $5
  • MBU Students: $2.50

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the MBU Box Office at 314-392-2345 or visit: MBUBoxOffice.com
Contact mbutheatre@mobap.edu for online discount codes.