Sunday, July 15, 2007

"Little Shop" Promises Big Fun

Disney's High School Musical is not the only show in town this summer to feature young talent.

* SPARC will be opening their high school / college / young adult production of Little Shop of Horrors this week, the day before we open.

* The Godwin High School theatre program, under the direction of Mac Damron, will be opening their Scotland-bound production of Chicago next week.

* Dogwood Dell's production of Bye Bye Birdie is in the pipeline, featuring at least one alumnus of last summer's production of Grease.

More on the second two later. As for this week, be sure to reserve your seats for Little Shop of Horrors soon. SPARC’s summer musical opens this Thursday at the Firehouse.

Little Shop is coming together under the expert leadership of SPARC’s returning creative masterminds: Tom Width – Director, Blanton Bradley – Music Director, Pam Turner – Choreographer, Joe Doran – Light Design and Stage Management, Kym Mincks – Costume Design, and Mercedes Schaum – Set Design. It should be a great production!

The cast includes Hayley Roberts as Audrey; David Watson as Seymore; Richmond favorite Jason Marks as Mr. Mushnik, Elliot Lau as sadistic dentist Orin; Erika Thomas, Justine Ryan and Gianna Barone as Chrystal, Chiffon and Ronnette; Eric Stallings as the puppet operator for Audrey II; and T. J. Ellis as the voice of Audrey II.

The show runs July 19 through 29, and the ten performances are all expected to sell-out quickly. You can buy your tickets by calling SPARC at 788-6457.

Everyone from Disney’s High School Musical sends a big “Break a Leg” to SPARC and the entire Little Shop crew!

--Bruce Miller


Anonymous said...

Interesting that they're keeping Mushnik a secret. Maybe it's some great actor/singer from out of town.

Anonymous said...

SPARC is not keeping Mushnik a secret. Mushnik is being played by the very talented Jason Marks. We saw him in Barksdale's "Mame" last year, and truly enjoyed his performance. We have tickets to see High School Musical next weekend, and Little Shop the following weekend. Looking forward to seeing all the highly talented youth performers in Richmond this summer. Hats off to both SPARC & Barksdale for these great opportunites.

Bruce Miller said...

Thanks for the information. I've amended the blog post to include Jason, a great guy and a fine actor. As I said in the original post, the various cast listings I found on the web included all the actors except for the actor playing Mr. Mushnik. I appreciate your filling in the blank.