WHEATFIELD | If timing is everything, the Kankakee Valley Theatre Kompany has nailed it.
Opening night for Kankakee Valley High School's fall musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” is Friday, Halloween night.
Performances are set for 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 7 and 8, in the school auditorium at 3923 W. Ind. 10. Tickets are $6 and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com, by visiting facebook: KV Theatre Kompany’s page on facebook and posting or messaging ticket needs, or by leaving a message at (219) 554-9411.
The musical is based on the 1960s B-movie of the same name. Written by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, the musical follows a meek and orphaned florist shop worker, Seymour Krelborn (Nick Skrobul), who finds and raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.
Seymour wants to impress and woo his ditzy blonde co-worker, Audrey (Annelise Phillips), so he names the plant Audrey Two and hopes his success will make her really like him. However, he soon finds out that fortune and fame comes at a high cost.
According to Ashman, the show “satirizes many things: science fiction, ‘B’ movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend.”
Catchy tunes and over the top characters fill the show with fun, toe-tapping entertainment. Street-wise urchins (Sarah Schaetzel, Alyssa Serviss, Liz Torbitt, Cassie Ooms, Kayla Gustafson and Haylie Chapman) provide familiar and enjoyable harmonies while setting up the audience for the unusual scenarios that occur on Skid Row.
A popular movie version of the musical was released in 1986 with memorable performances by Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene.
This production includes local teens in the cast, crew and pit, with direction by drama sponsor and KV English Department teacher Jill Steiner. The multiple Audrey Two's, ranging from a small potted plant to a mammoth, six-foot tall puppet, were built by KVHS Art Department students and teacher Tony Cochran, giving a unique flair to the production.