As the song goes, from small things big things one day come. In the early 1980s, Little Shop of Horrors, a witty and typically microbudgeted comedy-horror film by Roger Corman, was transformed into a smash Broadway musical with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. This weekend, Schenectady Light Opera Company will revive this tuneful comic gem.
The small-things-big-things maxim also applies to the hero of Little Shop of Horrors—a poor schmuck named Seymour who works as a floral assistant in a tiny skid-row shop—and to his curious horticultural projects. One of these, which looks suspiciously like an oversized Venus Flytrap, develops a taste for flesh. Meanwhile, Seymour pursues Audrey, the girl of his dreams. Can he manage a man-eating plant and a romance at the same time?
This production features Stephen McCauley Jr. as Seymour, Allie Mantica as Audrey, Sawyer Harrington-Verb as the voice of the killer plant, and, as the girl-group Greek chorus who hold the whole thing together, Alexis Rivera, Gabrielle Straight and India McKinney.
Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Sev Moro, opens tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 7) and runs through Dec. 16 at Schenectady Light Opera Company (427 Franklin St., Schenectady). Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM, Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. Tickets are $28 and $22. For tickets and info, call (877) 350-7378.