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FIRST LOOK: PHAMALY Takes Us Downtown in Little Shop of Horrors

Denver, Theatre, Little Shop of Horros, PHAMALY

L-R: Mark Dissette as Mushnik, Kathi Wood as Audrey and Daniel Traylor in the role of Seymor. Photo Credit: Michael Ensminger

Little Shop of Horrors is one of the great gems of the American Theatre. Hilarious lyrics, outlandish situations, amazing music and a colossal puppet combine with some hidden pathos to make a truly exceptional theatrical experience.” says Director Steve Wilson. “PHAMALY will create a Skid Row populated with an array of shapes and sizes that will season this classic show with our own sense of depth and style – though never skimping on the dark fun.”

Seymour Krelborn is an orphan living in skid row. Audrey is pretty with a fashion sense that leans towards the tacky. They are co-workers at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, a run-down flower shop owned and operated by the cranky Mr. Mushnik. Seymour has obtained a mysterious plant, and because he is secretly in love with Audrey, names the plant Audrey II in her honor. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

Wilson has cast Daniel Traylor in the role of Seymor, Kathi Wood in the role of Audrey and Mark Dissette as Mushnik. Veteran company member Don Mauck is the voice of Audrey II with Jeremy Palmer cast in the role of Orin Scrivello the evil dentist. Wilson has three girl groups in this production; Ronnette’s – Amber Marsh, Lyndsay Palmer and Lisa Young; Chiffon’s – Laurice Quinn, Linda Wirth and Shannon Wilson and Crystal’s – Briana Berthiaume, Twanna LaTrice Hill and Kathleen Traylor Rounding out the ensemble is Jason Dorwart, Ashley Kelashin, Jaime Lewis, Molly Nash, Kevin Petit and Trenton Schindele.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Feed your sense of humor this summer when PHAMALY presents “Little Shop of Horrors” July 12 – August 5 at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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PHAMALY presents Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken
Based on the 1960 film of the same name.
Directed by Steve Wilson
Musical Direction by Donna Debreceni
Choreography by Debbie Stark

Previews begin on July 12 & 13, opening at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex July 14 through August 5, 2012. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00 p.m., Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30.

Tickets are $30 – $34 adult, $28 – $34 senior/student/military, $24 groups of 10 or more, and $17 for July 12 and 13 previews and (Industry Night) Monday, July 30. Tickets can be purchased by calling Denver Center Ticketing at 303-893-4100; online at www.phamaly.org; or at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. $24 tickets groups of ten or more – call 303-931-7241.

An Audio Described and ASL Signed performance is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. PHAMALY will offer a backstage sensory tour at 11:00a.m. The sensory tour brings individuals on stage for a tactile experience, touching elements of the set, costumes, and prop pieces. The tour is free but advance reservations are required by calling the PHAMALY office at 303-575-0005.



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