Niles West Theatre presents “Little Shop of Horrors” on October 17 through 19 in the Black Box Theatre at 5701 West Oakton, Skokie. Tickets are extremely limited; please contact the Box Office at (847) 626-2633 or www.nileswesttheatre.com. The Book and Lyrics is by Howard Ashman, and Music by Alan Menken.
Performances are 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students, Senior Citizens and Children. There is a free community performance at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 17.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and The Beast,” and “Aladdin”) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II,” after his coworker crush. This blunt, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it one thing—Blood! Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination. This musical comedy is sure to be an up-close and vibrant must-see in the Black Box Theatre.
Cast: Jake Pranian as Seymour; Lorelei Wernecke as Audrey; Wei Lin as Mushnik; Bryan “BJ” Abad as Orin; Janay Moncrief as Audrey II (plant); Nina Cajuste as Chiffon; Alexis Aponte as Crystal; Zucchious Rosal as Ronnette; Oliver Biel as Voice/Wino 1/Ensemble; Henry Gussis as Interviewer/Bernstein/Ensemble; Sara Collins as Mrs. Luce/Ensemble; Chrlotte Howard-Check as Skip Snip/Ensemble; Ellie Evens as Patrick Martin/Ensemble; Aaron Razack as Customer/Ensemble; and Sofia Joseph, Ensemble.
Crew Heads: Stage Manager: Mia Finnigan; Assistant Costume Designer: Anton Tomacic; Assistant Lighting Designer/Master Electrician: Liza Kolesnik; Assistant Production Manager: Maddy Foler; Assistant Scenic Designer: Samuel Myers; Assistant Sound Designer: Ian Soriano; Assistant Stage Manager: Sarita Akwa-Philbin; Assistant Stage Manager: Ella Rousseau; Assistant Technical Director: Henry Rousseau; Charge Paint Lead: Hailey Shah; Charge Painter: Olivia Benitez; Dramaturgy: Melanie Kerz; Hair and Makeup Head: Charles Luz; House Manager/Publicity: Mehreen Patel; Master Carpenter: Cerasela Dornan; Sound A1: Adam Rutecki; Wardrobe Head: Dashna Benjamin.
Costume Crew: Althea Bibat, Keila Broderick, Emily Lim, Lejla Mehmedovic, Vivian Nelson, Laura Perez, Ally Regailo, Anthony Roman, Simon Solano.
Lighting Crew: Colin Bartlett, Joyful Boedefeld, Mariela Garcia, Evelyn Herbert, Melanie Kerz, Shaina Matino, Renee Namrood, Enzo Pellicciari.
Prop Crew: Caitlin Ayers, Rose Bilicki, Leslie Basco-Kent, Henry Fleck, Aaliyah Kessler, Ella Rousseau, Emily Sproat.
Scenic Crew: Ibrahem Abdulla, Olivia Benitez, Cameron Gordon, L. Irving-Secor, Odi Nano, Tanya Spasic.
Sound Crew: Brian Bedoya, Haley Ellis, Leen Hashlamoun, Kelly Kintner, Kathy Lopez, Maya Patterson.
Production Team: Director: Andy Sinclair; Vocal Director: Carl Alexander; Technical Director/Scenic Designer: Michael Johnson; Costume Designer: Leah Hummel; Prop Designer: Kimberly Morris; Lighting Designer: Charlotte Rathke; Sound Designer: LJ Luthringer; Production Management: Hannah Luthringer; Student Music Director: Sachio Nang; Poster Design: Deanna Sortino; Production Assistant: Lisa Bany; Box Office Management: Jackie Garvey.
During the 2019-20 season, Niles West Theatre will present five productions under the umbrella theme of “Aspirations vs. Limitations.” Its mission is to showcase productions that will examine dreaming big and the limitations of reality.