The Youth Actors Company at Theatre Macon is putting on the perennial favorite Little Shop of Horrors beginning Saturday. Though this is one of YACs smaller musicals in recent history, the talent level is high and there are even some extra surprises for Maconites.
I have no doubt in my mind that the community will go crazy for this show. I keep talking about the talent level of these young people, but its true. Listening to Matt Case (who plays Seymour) and Madeline Dannenberg (who plays Audrey) sing Suddenly Seymour will be worth the price of admission alone, said Jonathan Willis, assistant director and choreographer.
The cast consists of eight young people: Case and Dannenberg join Brent Jones, Will Macfie, Sasha Penndorf, Nadia Abdelaal, Alexis Webb and Jonathan Willis on the Theatre Macon stage.
The show centers around Seymour Krelboyne, an outcast who works at the flower shop of Mr. Mushnik. His life is turned upside down when he finds a strange plant that needs human blood to survive. When he makes this shocking revelation, the lives of everyone he encounters -- from Orin the dentist to Seymours long-time love Audrey (who he names the plant after) -- change forever.
This show is considered a cult classic, and is typically done with an older cast. Though director Jerry Dorriety and Willis did not need to change the script of the show, they did decide to approach it differently than other theaters.
Little Shop is technically a very dark musical. So, since we are working with younger actors, none of whom are over 19, we decided to go a more campy, almost comic book approach, Willis said.
If you are downtown celebrating First Friday (on March 1), keep an eye out. You might see a flash mob or two. You may even get the chance to take pictures with Audrey II, Willis said.
Because the show is so popular, the crew is anticipating very full houses every night and strongly suggests calling the box office for tickets.
We are working to make this show an experience, and I think the finale will take the audience by surprise. Everyone loves Little Shop of Horrors and I think Macon will love our production, Willis said.
Little Shop of Horrors
When: 8 p.m. Saturday and March 8-9; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 10
Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.
Cost: $20 for adults, $12 for students