Little Shop of Horror musical coming to P.E.I.

(Right) Producer Rob Thomson pets the newly arrived plant, Audrey, that will be a key part of the plot in the Little Shop of Horrors play at Holland College’s Florence Simmons Performance theatre in October. (Left) Thomson holds Audrey as it appears later in the play as a full-grown, man-eating plant. A preview and information night will be held on May 12 at the theatre from 7 – 9 p.m. There will be select readings, music, scenes, plus information about mid-June auditions. Tori Vail photo

By Tori Vail

April 19, 2016

A dentist named Orin Scrivello loves inflicting pain, but he gets a bit carried away when an eight-foot plant eats him.

This was producer Rob Thomson’s favourite part in the Little Shop of Horrors, an early 1980s comedy film.

Thomson was sitting around a coffee table with seven or eight people when they founded ACT (A Community Theatre) 20 years ago.

Today, ACT has put on over 50 shows.

Little Shop of Horrors is coming to the Florence Simmons Hall at Holland College just in time for Halloween from Oct. 27 – 30.

The quirky off-broadcast show features Seymour the nerdy florist and his plant that grows up to be a man-eating monster.

The show has been in planning for three months now, Thomson said.

“It is our first performance in the Florence Simmons Hall.”

A preview an information night will be held on May 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. Select readings, music, scenes, plus information about mid-June auditions will take place.

The play will have four different plants. It was no easy task to get the plants from Ontario, Thomson said.

“It was a challenge, we couldn’t rent one. Luckily we found one in Ontario and had them transported here.”

Thomson is keen to be at Holland College.

“This will be a great opportunity for the performing arts students to be involved.”

Auditions will be held mid-June for a cast of 24 roles. Rehearsals will begin August, Thomson said.

The play will be a fun musical with dancing singing and acting, Thomson said.

“They think they kill the plant in the end.

They think…”

For information contact Rob Thomson at 902-628-6778.

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