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UNRULY PLANT INVADES STAGE 9 AND HUTCHINSON BEGINNING APRIL 21

Apr 10, 2016

UNRULY PLANT INVADES STAGE 9 AND HUTCHINSON BEGINNING APRIL 21 

Hutchinson, Kan. – The misbehaved plant, Audrey II, prepares to invade Stage 9 in Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s diabolical and botanical romp, Little Shop of Horrors.  Performances will take place April 21 to 23 and April 28 to 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm and at 2:00 pm on April 24 and May 1, 2016 at Stage 9 at 9 South Main in downtown Hutchinson.

Mr. Mushnik, the owner of the run-down Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, prepares to throw in the towel and close his business. Suddenly, Seymour Krelbourn, one of Skid Row’s many misfits and Mushnik’s employee, stumbles across a new breed of plant and names it after his love and coworker, Audrey. Their luck begins to change mysteriously for the better along with the growth of Audrey II. Three street smart Skid Row denizens, Ronnette, Crystal, and Chiffon, who seem to have all the inside scoop on this new exotic plant, guide us along as Seymour and Audrey’s love blooms. However, Audrey’s abusive sociopathic boyfriend (who happens to be a dentist) and Audrey II, the plant with an insatiable appetite for blood and world domination, provide seemingly insurmountable odds for Audrey and Seymour.

Little Shop of Horrors is another revival for Stage 9’s 100th Anniversary year and is from the creative genius team behind Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. It’s an out-of-this-world musical not to be missed.

Cast members include Isaac Glover (Seymour), Nicole Hase (Audrey), Lynn Hase (Mushnik), Jordan Gajewski (Orin, the Dentist), Jacob Aden (Voice of Audrey II and plant operator), Dashona Mahoney (Crystal), Paul Rothe (Ronnette), Theresa Teufel (Chiffon), and Trevor Sullivan (Wino and plant operator).

Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Charles A. Johnston, Stage 9’s Producing Artist Director. Other production team members include Lynn Ledeboer (Stage Manager), Piper Harding (Choreographer), Kelly Gauthier (Costume Designer), Denny Vick (Properties Designer) and Jason Depew (Lighting Designer).  Johnston also serves as music director and contributes scenery and sound designs to the production.

Performances for Little Shop of Horrors will occur April 21 to 23 and April 28 to April 20, 2016 at 7:30pm and at 2:00 pm on April 24 and May 1, 2016. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend Stage 9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at stage9hutch.com as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson three weeks prior to opening. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door one hour prior to a performance.  Little Shop of Horrors is performed by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.

All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7:00 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check performance availability, please contact Stage 9 by email at info@stage9hutch.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529). 

For more information about Little Shop of Horrors,performances or to schedule interviews with the director, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 or charles@stage9hutch.com.  You may also contact Johnston for information about program advertising or sponsorship for Stage 9’s 2016 Season.

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Stage 9’s mission is to produce and offer to the public community-based theatrical productions and to educate and promote interest and enjoyment of the dramatic arts in Hutchinson, Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression for all Hutchinson community members, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 100th Anniversary 2016 Season features Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Trojan Women, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], Long, Singer and Winfield’s hysterical comedy romp, Menken and Ashman’s off-Broadway smash Little Shop of Horrors, the hard-hitting modern drama Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, Stage 9’s popular hit Greater Tuna by Howard, Williams and Sears, the crowd pleasing Nunsense! the musical  by Dan Goggin, Stage 9’s annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones and Sarah Ruhl’s quirky comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone.