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College students stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Dark musical comedy debuts in Demorest

POSTED: April 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

“Down on Skid Row, where the food is slop ... and the rainbow’s just a no show,” hapless Seymour Krelborn tends to the barren florist shop that has housed him for all of his orphaned life. Day in and day out, he works alongside his unrequited love, Audrey, until a total eclipse of the sun brings life to a carnivorous plant.

Seymour is sucked into a blood-curdling scheme that promises him everything his heart desires, but he soon realizes fame and fortune come at a cost in the “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Piedmont College’s final play of the season will be at 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 and 2 p.m. April 13 in the Swanson Center’s Black Box Theatre at 365 College Drive in Demorest.

Tickets are $5 per person. Piedmont College faculty, staff and students enter for free. For reservations, call 706-778-8500, ext. 1355.

Directed by guest artist Kim Wheetley, former director of the Southeast Center for Education in Arts at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, “Little Shop of Horrors” is a dark comedy musical based on Roger Corman’s low budget 1960s film of the same name. In similar fashion, the production will incorporate classic cinematic horror elements.

“The audience for our production will be invited onto a movie set to watch the filming of the play,” Wheetley said. “Conventions of theater and film will merge as the story combines elements of horror and comedy.”


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