Originally Published: September 6, 2018 8:50 p.m.
Feed me Seymour!”
That’s one line bound to come out during One Stage Family Theater’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Saturday, Sept. 8.
The idea to put the show on came because it’s out of people’s comfort zones, said Lexe Niekamp, who is the show’s Audrey.
“I think that’s what this town needs,” Niekamp said, noting she talked to Nolan Sturdevant-Moylan, the show’s Seymour, about it. “This town tends to repeat shows a lot and it’s time to stop repeating them.”
Tickets for the show, put on at 2 and 7 p.m., are $20 for adults and $15 for children and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
One notable aspect about the show is that it has four different plant puppets, so the audience can see it progress and grow, Sturdevant-Moylan said.
“Most productions that do this rent the plant,” he said. “Ours are handmade and they’re phenomenal.”
The show also has great choreography and will be an enjoyable experience for anyone watching, Sturdevant-Moylan said. There are a few changes though, he said. The biggest comes in the ending which isn’t as “happily ever after” as it is in the film. There are also a few songs in the show that weren’t originally in the movie, Sturdevant-Moylan said.
The cast has grown pretty close with each other, Niekamp said. In One Stage Family Theater’s last show at the Elks Theatre, “Annie,” the cast had to be close because it was part of their characters, she said. However for this one, the characters are independent but they’ve grown together more because they chose to, Niekamp said.
The independence is also what contributed to the most difficult aspect of Sturdevant-Moylan’s part.
“A majority of the show, I’m on stage by myself with a plant,” he said. “I don’t get to feed off of anybody.”
One Stage Family Theater is also looking towards its next production, holding auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Sunday, Sept. 9, the day after the show. Auditions are at 7 p.m. at Lessons by Lexe Dance Studio, 3250 Gateway Blvd, Suite 206.
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.
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