For the 49th year, Titusville Summer Theater is setting the stage for the community, once again, with the production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” written by Howard Ashman.
The play follows a floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, played by the energetic Chase Upchurch. Krelborn finds a new type of plant that he names Audrey II, after his coworker crush, Audrey, played by Noelle Raszman.
Raszman brings Audrey to life through her use of an accent and her ability to work the stage.
The plant promises fame and fortune to Krelborn, but only if it keeps receiving humans to consume. The coworker crush, Audrey, is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, played by James McGinnis.
McGinnis plays an aggressive Orin that doesn’t seem to care about anyone or anything in the world, except himself. Mr. Mushnick, played by Jeremy Wakefield, is the owner of a failing flower shop on skid row that is longing for success to finally strike.
Wakefield portrays Mushnick as a commanding person who holds a lot of authority.
The characters of the play band together to try and keep the shop in business, but encounter issues along the way.
Director Benjamin Snyder said everyone involved with the play has been practicing for the past few months. According to Snyder, everyone has worked hard and the cast had lines memorized within the first couple of weeks. The biggest challenge was making sure the cast didn’t stress out too much or hit a wall.
“I would talk to the cast about each character, and they would give me feedback. There were times we didn’t agree, but we talked about it and worked on ideas,” Snyder said. “Josh Devlin worked on our lights and he had all these ideas. It only took an hour to put all the light [cues] together.”
Snyder has learned a lot about directing for the first time.
“I learned the do’s and don’ts of this position. For example, I would run back and forth from my laptop to check things out and I realized that it wasn’t going to work,” Snyder said. “As a director, I have to focus on the whole show, which includes character development, costumes, colored backgrounds, and more.”
Snyder has been around theater for most of his life. The Slippery Rock University student would run around audience chairs as a 6-year-old while singing songs that the performers would sing on stage. His father was an actor, and his mother, Diane, has been on the board for summer theater for years. Snyder also played the beast in last year’s play, “Beauty and The Beast”.
The director spoke on theater being a part of the Titusville area.
“It’s fantastic we have summer theater in Titusville. We’re very lucky to have theater programs in our area. Theater is definitely alive and well here,” He said.
Snyder said he wants people to come out and enjoy this year’s play.
“We want to please the community. This is a funky, fun, and emotional show. The main character is put in a situation where he has to make really important decisions,” Snyder said.
“Little Shop of Horrors” is set to premiere July 6, 7, and 8, in Colestock auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at the chamber of commerce.
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