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ODU Theatre's 'Little Shop of Horrors' Opens Oct. 14

Sometimes it takes more than a green thumb.

In its first production of the 2010 season, Old Dominion University Theatre presents a unique tale of plant nourishment in "Little Shop of Horrors," based on the off-Broadway and Broadway hit first staged in 1982.

Directed by Katherine Hammond, ODU director of theatre, the musical tells the story of a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for human blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding her growing appetite, finally revealing herself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name.

Playing the lead roles are Cleo Antolin, Seymour; Jenny de Jaager, Audrey; Christopher Jones, Mushnik; and Brent Hartigan, Orin the dentist.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 14-16, Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 23, at the University Theatre, located between 46th and 47th streets on Hampton Boulevard.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 683-5305 or online at www.ODUArtsTix.com.

This article was posted on: October 6, 2010

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