San Jacinto College presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
10.07.2014 | By Rob Vanya
The cast and crew of "Little Shop of Horrors" are preparing comedy, humor, songs, and dance for an entertaining performance.
One-act show, “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” to run concurrently
PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College theatre and film department will present “Little Shop of Horrors,” a popular, large-cast comedy, horror, rock musical written by the award-winning team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”).
The production will be staged at Slocomb Auditorium, located on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. Show dates are Oct. 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m., on Oct. 19. General admission is $15 per person at the door, with a discount price of $13 per person for all who purchase and pick up tickets two days in advance of any performance. For ticket reservations, please call 281-476-1828.
In “Little Shop of Horrors,” depression is just status quo for the residents of Skid Row, until flower shop clerk Seymour Krelborn discovers a strange and unusual plant of unknown origin that feeds on human blood and flesh. According to reviewers, the show has been “devouring the hearts of theater-goers for over 30 years,” and is one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals ever.
The musical, which premiered in 1982, is based on the low-budget 1960 comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Roger Corman. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop, and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown),” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly, Seymour.”
The production was critically acclaimed and won several awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. The production ran for five years, and when it closed after 2,209 performances, it was the third-longest running musical and the highest-grossing production in Off-Broadway history. According to writer Ashman, the show “satirizes many things: science fiction, B movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend.” The musical was made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.
But wait, there’s more!
As a special added treat, there will be a secondary show running nearly concurrently with “Little Shop of Horrors.” Here are some of the gory details:
The one-act show, which is around 45 minutes in length, is called “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse!
The shorter “Zombie” show will be staged at the smaller Jerry Powell Arena theatre on Oct. 17 and 18 at 11:59 p.m., and on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, or $3 with a “Little Shop of Horrors” ticket stub. All tickets can be purchased at the door.
San Jacinto College offers theatre courses, productions, and degree options at the Central and South campuses. For more information, please visit www.sanjac.edu/campus-life/visual-performing-arts/theatre-film.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.