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April 20, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Little Shop of Horrors Plays at GMC

POULTNEY, VT—If you liked the music in the classic Disney movies The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, you’ll love the music in the Green Mountain College’s production of Little Shop of Horrors April 30-May 2: All these shows have the same brilliant composer Alan Menken, who has received eight Academy Awards for his music.

The plot of this rock musical involves a skid-row flower shop worker named Seymour, a sadistic dentist who stands in the way of his true love, and his “very special plant” with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Oddly enough, it makes great material for a lyrical and hysterically funny musical appropriate for all ages. Little Shop of Horrors opened off-Broadway in 1982 and won the Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical of the season. Based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film by the same name, Little Shop ran for five years and over 2,000 performances. A film version of the musical was made in 1986 starring Rich Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and Bill Murray.

The Green Mountain College production will have a full band under the direction of faculty member Paul Opel. The show is directed by senior Ben Jankowski, an experienced hand in GMC theater and at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. The cast includes Kate Barcellos ‘12, Cameron Steinmetz ‘09, Maxx Steinmetz ‘09, and Chris Wetzel ‘09, as well as a swinging female doo-wop trio played by Jenny Carson ‘12, Rachael Ferguson ’09, and Emily Piper ‘11. Menken’s music is a wildly creative blend of early 1960’s rock ‘n roll, doo-wop, and Motown.

Performances will be held in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Theatre on April 30, May 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and are for sale at the door prior to curtain.


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