Merrillville students present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Merrillville students present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Merrillville High School Performing Arts Department will present its 2020 musical: “Little Shop of Horrors,” the deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical that has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for more than 30 years. 

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 10, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 4 and 11, in Reinhart Auditorium at Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Pl. Attendees should enter Door M at the back of the building.  

Pandemic precautions are in place: limited seats available, masks required to enter the building/auditorium, social distance seating chart for patrons in place.

Reservations are suggested, as there will only be 170 patrons seated in the theatre.  

Due to the limited seating capacity per pandemic protocol, tickets are $10 for adults, senior citizens $9 and $7 for students K-12.  Call 219-650-5307 ext. 7012 for reservations.

The show was originally scheduled for March, but the pandemic postponed the scheduled performances. The cast met throughout quarantine via ZOOM and rehearsed in person in late summer, hoping they would finally get the opportunity to perform what they had rehearsed so hard for. They rehearsed recently on weekends and are ready to perform.

The show features character Seymour Krelborn, a meek floral assistant, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn, as long as he keeps feeding it blood! Over time Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! 

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast,” and “Aladdin”) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.