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Source: Chelsey Eimer, 785-532-6878,

News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535,

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University theatre program and department of music will present the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13, and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14, all in McCain Auditorium.

The musical is a story about Seymour, an employee in a failing Skid Row florist shop. In a final attempt to keep his business afloat, Seymour nurtures a mysterious plant he purchased from an old Chinese man during an eclipse of the moon. The plant brings him success, promising fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its unquenchable bloodthirsty appetite.

An affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, the musical is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time. It is recommended for ages 8 and up. For a preview, go to

The K-State production is directed by Charlotte MacFarland, associate professor of theater; set design is by Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of theater; costume design is by Dana Pinkston, associate professor of theater; and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theater.

Tickets are $16 for the general public, $14 for seniors and military, and $11 for students and children. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

K-State students in the cast or crew for "Little Shop of Horrors" include:

D.J. Davis, junior in music education, Manhattan, as Mr. Mushnik; Natasha Gibbons, sophomore in applied music, Milford, as a trio member; Gregory Myers, sophomore in theater, Overland Park, stage manager; Dillon Artzer, senior in theater, as the Audrey Two operator, and Kyle Myers, junior in theater, as Seymour, both from Topeka.

From Wichita: Gilberto Perez-Abraham Jr., sophomore in theater, as Orin; Erin Ayers, senior in vocal performance, as Audrey; and Dylan Rogerson, freshman in theater, assistant stage manager.

From out of state: Sarah Quaranta, senior in theater, Denver, Colo., as a trio member; Heather Haberberger, junior in applied music, Fenton, Mo., as a trio member; and Donovan Woods, freshman in music, Bedford, Texas, as the Audrey Two voice.