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First City Players presents Little Shop of Horrors


June 11, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - A voice, not unlike God's, can be heard describing a deadly threat to humanity's existence. This terrifying enemy surfaces (as such enemies often do) in the

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Photograph by Jeff Fitzwater
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most innocent and unlikely of places - a florist shop on Skid Row.

One of the longest running off-Broadway musical comedies of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950's sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the song writing team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who wrote the music for Disney's Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of Seymour Krelborne, an assistant at Mushnik's Florist Shop on Skid Row. Seymour decides to boost sales with a strange houseplant he names Audrey II, after the woman he loves, Audrey, who also works at the shop. Unfortunately Seymour discovers that Audrey II grows faster if it is fed with human blood. The monster plant, not unexpectedly, takes on a life of its own - a life that conflicts with what Seymour wants.

The musical was based on the 1960 cult (non-musical) horror-spoof film of the same name. It made its original debut at the WPA Theatre in New York, then moved to the Orpheum Theatre in July 1982. The show ran for more than 2,000 performances and was awarded the New York Critics Award for Best Musical.

Little Shop of Horrors performs June 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th on the Kayhi Stage. It is a satire of many things: science fiction, "B" movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend. But most of all, Little Shop of Horrors is a tuneful good time with great music with a rollicking beat and belly laughs galore. Leave your primary school-aged children at home but bring the rest of the family to First City Players' final show of the 2003-2004 season. Place your tongue firmly in your cheek, and do-wop with us down Skid Row through Seymour's struggles with good and evil. Will he sell his very soul? Will everyone die? What of the evil and sadistic dentist? And what of the strange and interesting plant?

The cast for Little Shop of Horrors includes Jeff Fitzwater as the voice of the plant, Audrey II; Frances Leach as Audrey; and Eric Bjella as Seymore. Alan Bailey appears as Mushnik and David Allen is Orin, the dentist. The DoWop Girls are Kelly Chick, Deb Clark-Smith and Cynthia McNulty. Seth Krasnow appears in a number of different roles Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Joann Flora with set design by Diane Naab. Lu Anechiarico is stage manager.

First City Players extended a special thank you to community partners, Boyer Barge Lines, who barged Audrey II to Ketchikan for us and to Donovan Construction and the Plaza Mall for help with this musical.

For reservations contact First City Players at 225-4792 or stop by their office at 716 Totem Way. Discounts are available for senior citizens and students as well as group rates. There are also discounts available for First City Players members.


Photo Gallery

photo Deb Turnbull

Deb Turnbull takes possession of the mutant menace...
Photograph by Jeff Fitzwater


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Authorities believe First City Players at fault for releasing mutant menace...
Jeff Fitzwater is pictured with the small puppet.
Photo courtesy First City Players


photo Joann Flora

A quick snack is needed after the long trip to Ketchikan... Director JoAnn Flora!
Photograph by Jeff Fitzwater


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Loading up... among those pictured are Dave Donovan, Todd Anderson, and Jeff Fitzwater..
Photo courtesy First City Players



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