Sunday, May 1, 2011

In the Wings: Little Shop of Horrors. Meet Laurie Russell, the director.

Laurie Russell directs Little Shop of Horrors, the fifth and final production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman and the music is by Alan Menken.

Question: Why did you want to direct Little Shop of Horrors?
Laurie Russell: I love the music, I love the characters, I love that it's set in the 1960s. There is black humor; dark, dark macabre humor.

Q: Where and when is the musical set?
L.R.: Mr. Mushnik owns a very run-down shop in Skid Row, and Seymour and Audrey work there. Seymour finds a very strange plant and the whole story is about how the plant changes their lives.

Q: What will an audience most remember about the show?
L.R.: The audience will remember Audrey II the plant, because it is amazing. Also, they'll remember the music. There's not a bum song in the whole thing.

Little Shop of Horrors will open Friday, May 13 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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