Seymour Krelborn (played by Elliot Drew) introduces Audrey II, his strange and interesting plant. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Portal Players present music, mayhem and man-eating puppets

Little Shop of Horrors kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 17

The newest show at the Capitol Theatre will feature everything from catchy musical numbers to an enormous, man-eating puppet.

Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Carrera Schroeder, is a comedy-horror musical that tells the tale of a hapless florist who accidentally grows a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.

This isn’t the first performance Schroeder has directed for the Portal Players—but it is the first musical, as well as the first play involving puppets.

“That was also a new one for us,” she laughed. “[Puppets] can be very difficult. It’s like having another actor on stage. It definitely adds an new element, because they don’t always work the way you want them to.”

The crew works with four puppets in order to portray Audrey II, the talking, flesh-eating plant, and Schroeder says it helps that Portal Players’ puppeteer, Morgan Martin, is “very enthusiastic” in her role.

Because most rehearsals took place over the summer, Schroeder and her husband, stage manager Cody Taylor, worked hard to “break the show up into chunks” so that all actors could attend.

“We didn’t rehearse in order,” she explained. “Then it was a matter of stitching it all together in September. The actors have been amazing and flexible.”

Long-time Portal Player Elliot Drew plays the lead role of Seymour Krelborn, a meek florist shop worker who likes “strange and interesting plants.” Nicole Saugstad stars alongside him as love interest Audrey, while Chris Arthurs plays Orin Scrivello—Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend. The voice of Audrey II is Hinatinyis Johnson and Shannon Currie plays flower shop owner Mrs. Mushnik, while Niklas Burton, Melissa Lowe and Bronwynn Nestegaard-Paul play a three-piece “Greek chorus” that occasionally narrates the story.

“We kind of have the insight into the show,” Lowe explained.

One member of the STAGES Youth Theatre program—Gabrielle Eyford—is part of the ensemble cast, and a number of other students are involved behind the scenes.

“It’s really awesome having them here, always enthusiastic,” said Schroeder.

Little Shop of Horrors was a low-budget 1960s B movie that was adapted into an Off-Broadway musical and then a Frank Oz film in 1986. Although fans of the film will get to enjoy the same songs, Schroeder says they can expect a few differences.

“The ending is a little different,” she hinted.

The show kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 17 with a special “gala night” to celebrate the new, marquee curtains at centre stage of the Capitol Theatre. Tickets for this event are $50 (including a $25 tax receipt) and are available online (www.atthecapitol.org) and at the box office. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 3, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance.

“It’s a fun show,” Schroeder promised. “The cast is spectacular. We’ve got amazing singers, talented dancers and puppets that eat people.”

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

 

Audrey (Nicole Saugstad) sings about her hopes and dreams while Chiffon (Niklas Burton) watches on. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Chris Arthurs plays Orin Scrivello, the sadistic dentist, in Little Shop of Horrors. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Just Posted

Port Alberni residents enjoy public tours on Coast Guard vessel

PromoScience Expedition offered the public a chance to learn about marine research

Coast Guard vessel open for second day of public tours on Alberni waterfront

Talk to marine scientists, learn about research equipment on CCGS Vector

Port Alberni walks for World Food Day

John Paul II Catholic School students walked to end world hunger

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land on Stamp Avenue for its expansion

Two Port Alberni cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Leaf Compassion and Cannabis Club ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read