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Little Shop of Horrors opens at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

The music, the mayhem, the insatiable appetite of a giant alien plant. ASF is bringing all that and more to its intimate Octagon Stage starting Thursday and running through April 3.

“This show is so much fun,” said director Rick Dildine, Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director. 

Part of Little Shop of Horror’s magic is how such a big show, and a massive Audrey II monster plant, fits perfectly into ASF’s Octagon. Dildine said the show was originally designed for this kind of intimate setting that’s almost completely in the round. 

“When folks arrive, they’re going to see a really amazing set and lighting design that most folks haven seen in this space before,” Dildine said. 

Dildine said they have a brilliant cast, with multiple talents, including Kelly Autry as lovestruck plant guy Seymour and Lauren Chapman as Audrey (the human version Seymour is pining for). Andrew Samonsky plays Orin and several other characters, and Allen Fitzpatrick is Mushnik.

Andrew Samonsky as Orin and Kelly Autry as Seymour in a rehearsal for ASF's Little Shop of Horrors.

Audrey II, the plant, is a growing threat throughout the production, and requires two people to bring to life. Part of it is the puppet wizardly of Montgomery’s J. Scott Grinstead, who many fans of community theater know for his work as technical director with Cloverdale Playhouse. 

Throughout the show, the Audrey II goes from being a baby plant to a massive monster.

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