Originally Published: June 19, 2013 6:05 a.m.
Good music and a "funny, campy story" inspired Park Avenue Theater's production of "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
The church is located at 630 Park Ave., and the play will run at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and again Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 27, 28 and 29 at the same time.
The two weekend performances have different casts, but 30 young people in all are taking part, Joanne Robertson, director of the play, said. Music director for the "Little Shop of Horrors" is Debbie Place.
The story line, Robertson said, surrounds "nerdy Seymour Krelborn who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop - and himself - fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant and names the plant after his girlfriend, Audrey.
"Gradually, Seymour learns, to his horror, what Audrey II loves to eat and it's not plant food."
The music, composed by Alan Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well known tunes, including the title song, Robertson said.
The casts are made up of "seasoned actors" who perform well and also newcomers "we've seen blossom and grow," she said. "We like to give young people experience on stage."
Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children and students.