Monday, May 2, 2011

In the Wings: Little Shop of Horrors. Meet John Satterfield, the music director.


John Satterfield is music director for 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 be involved with Little Shop of Horrors?
John Satterfield: I love the show; this is one of my favorites. I love the campiness of it, the parody of "B" sci-fi movies that I grew up on, and the music is wonderful. It's my kind of comedy. It's so much fun.

Q: What is the music like in Little Shop of Horrors?
J.S.: It's 1960s rock and roll. We've got the three girls who are a clear parody of The Supremes. It's rock and roll, it's swinging and anyone who was there in the early 1960s, this is their kind of music.

Q: What does a musical director do?
J.S.: I keep the band together. I teach the actors their parts and rehearse it with them over and over again.

Q: What will an audience most remember about the show?
J.S.: You can't forget the music and the three girls. There is a crazy and campy looking plant. It's easy to let go of any troubles you've had during the day and just enjoy the music and these fun people.

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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