Stillwater News Press

May 15, 2013

Children's theater opens 'Shop' on Friday

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Children’s Theatre is set to perform a famous musical turned movie beginning Friday.

“Little Shop of Horrors” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday with shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vivia Locke Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Director Amy McQuade said the cast of approximately 12 students and additional technical workers have been rehearsing once or twice a week since the end of January.

“We always ask students, because we are trying to prepare them for what’s out there in the real world, to bring a prepared piece and a monologue,” she said. “For this show, because we were familiar with a lot of the students that were auditioning, we had them sing selections from the show.”

McQuade said the live stage show is different from the movie adaptation. While the movie has a happy ending, the stage show features many people getting eaten and a somber ending. However, the tone remains funny.

“While it’s dealing with heavy subject matter, it’s dealing with it in a comedic, showy, over-the-top way,” McQuade said. “I wouldn’t call Little Shop of Horrors a drama in any way.”

She said while the show gets bad publicity for dealing with death and murder in many ways, it’s a story of the lead character and his growth through greed and success and his eventual redemption.

“Overall it’s a really fun show,”  McQuade said.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Amy Guthrie at 612-3770 or visit www.stillwaterchildrenstheatre.com.