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October 24, 2013

Merely Players opens 'Little Shop of Horrors' on Friday

MANKATO — Merely Players Community Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with the popular musical "Little Shop of Horrors."

Performances begin Friday and organizers are calling it "a grand-scale production that features a flesh-eating plant, do-wop music, and a lesson in the snares of fame and greed." The Oct. 31 performance will be a special "singalong" production with tickets available only at the door.

The production is directed by Minnesota State University master's student in theatre Lolly Foy, who is making her directorial debut for Merely Players. Last season, she appeared in the cast of "James and the Giant Peach." Choreography was supervised by Kelsey Chester of the Mankato Ballet Company; the band was conducted by Cindy Rupp of Hosanna Lutheran Church; and the set designer was David Peterson.

The musical follows the life of Seymour Krelborn, a floral assistant on Skid Row, who purchases an exotic plant with a mysterious need for human flesh. As Seymour seeks the affection of his lovely coworker, Audrey, he also battles for control over his increasingly bloodthirsty plant, Audrey II. The plant quickly grows beyond what Krelborn imagined and turns into a bad-mannered, R&B-singing carnivore. Audrey II gives greedy Krelborn his 15 minutes of fame, but he soon realizes he bit off more than he can chew.

"Little Shop of Horrors" was the third-longest running musical on Broadway in the 1980s. Music is by famed composer Alan Menken and script by Howard Ashman. The music includes several well-known tunes including "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly Seymour."

For more information regarding the show, please contact Merely Players at 507-388-5483.

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If You Go What Merely Players' "Little Shop of Horrors" Performances ■ 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Nov. 1-2; ■ 2 p.m. on Sunday and Nov. 3; ■ 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. (Tickets for this "singalong" performance are cash only, pay at the door. Patrons will be asked to roll two dice and pay what they roll. Additional discounts given if patients arrive in costume.) Venue Lincoln Community Center, 110 Fulton St. Tickets $16 Adult, $14 senior and $9 youth (ages 12 and under); available at merelyplayers.com, 507-388-5483 or at the door.

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