NAPLES — Bristol Valley Theater, the Finger Lakes' award-winning live professional theater, will open its Summer Season with the cult-classic, musical thriller Little Shop of Horrors.
With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour, a loveable loser working in a florist shop, who unwittingly propagates a mysterious talking plant (which may or may not be from outer space) that has a taste for human blood . Will Seymour and the co-worker he's fallen in love with tame the man eating plant before it destroys the world?
The cast features Rochester native and Nazareth College graduate Hannah Karpenko as Audrey, Seymour's vulnerable co-worker/love interest. Now New York City-based, Hannah is excited to return "home" to the Finger Lakes to be a part of this zany musical adventure.
“Little Shop has always been a favorite of mine! No other musical combines horror, sci -fi, hilarity, and heart ... with a terrific doo-wop score!" she said.
Cast mates Vincent Capluzzi and Brian Ziemann share Ms. Karpenko's Nazareth College connection (Ziemann, class of 2012 and Capluzzi, class of 2020).
Performances run from June 14 – 24 at the theater at 151 S. Main Street in Naples. Performance times are June 14-16 at 8 p.m., June 17 at 2 p.m., June 20-21 at 2 p.m., June 21-23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $34 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $26 for groups of 15 or more. For reservations and further information, call the box office at 585-374-6318 or visit www.bvtnaples.org
The rest of the cast includes Kyle Wilson as Seymour, Isaac Miller as Orin, Brian Ziemann as Mr. Mushnik, Erika Xiomara Reyes as Chiffon, LaDawn Taylor as Ronette, Tiffany Renee Thompson as Crystal, Ryan Stutz as the voice of Audrey II, and Vincent Capluzzi as the puppeteer for Audrey II. The creative team consists of director Benjamin Viertel, scenic designer Bryce Cutler, lighting designer Mary Ellen Stebbins, costume designer Sean Sullivan, puppet designer Devon Adams, and sound designer Adam Bintz.
Bristol Valley Theater's 2018 season continues through Sept. 2 with Chapatti, Spider's Web, The Drowsy Chaperone, Montgomery, and Fully Committed.
Little Shop of Horrors is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank. The 2018 Season Sponsor is Constellation Brands with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.