NAPPANEE — Performances of “Little Shop of Horrors,” the 1982 black comedy rock musical, are underway as part of The Round Barn Theatre’s Main Stage season.
Based on the low-budget 1960 Roger Corman film of the same name, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the tale of a nerdish florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that demands to be fed.
The theatrical “Shop” originally opened off-Broadway in 1982. The movie was remade in 1986 and starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin and Levi Stubbs as the voice of the voracious plant. The story centers around Seymour, a hapless horticultural nerd who toils in a rundown failing florist shop on Skid Row, his love interest Audrey and a carnivorous plant he names Audrey II. Tunes from the show include the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown),” “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour.”
Leading the cast of this rock musical will be Joe Ford. Ford first appeared on the Joseph Stein stage in 1996, and has starred in many Round Barn shows, including as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Bob Wallace in “White Christmas,” and most recently as Mortimer Brewster in the 2013 production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Joining Ford will be returning Round Barn performer Matthew C. Scott as Mushnik, Sarah Philabaum and Nicole Tompkins as Chiffon and Crysta, and Round Barn newcomer Millicent Martin as Audrey. “Little Shop” is being directed and choreographed by Round Barn Theatre Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn, with Travis Smith returning for his fourth season as music director.
“Little Shop of Horrors” runs through May 25, with 2 p.m. matinees and 8 p.m. evening performances. A complete show schedule, ticket availability and reservations can be found by calling the box office at 800-800-4942 ext. 2 or online at AmishAcres.com.