LITTLE FALLS -- The Hole in the Day Players are gearing up to present the comedic musical "Little Shop of Horrors," with 8 p.m. performances Aug. 10-12 and 16-18.
Tickets for the performances in Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls are available by calling the Great River Arts Association at (320) 632-0960.
With a cast of 25, "Little Shop of Horrors" revolves around a big-hearted man searching for love, a man-eating plant searching for food and a "ditzy but loveable woman" searching for "Somewhere That's Green," according to a Hole in the Day news release.
"A zany combination of humor and horror is on the menu as the star of the show evolves from a tiny seedling into a man-eating plant," the release said.
Directed by Mary Jo Morgan, the production is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, the release said. GRAA is handling the promotion for the musical comedy.
The music in "Little Shop" fits in with the "melodramatic, over the top humor of the show," the release said. "With songs like 'Skid Row' and 'Don't Feed the Plants,' the musical will have you tapping your feet for more of those '60s-style tunes."
Jeff Engholm, a veteran Hole in the Day Player cast member, serves as the production's musical director, and jazzmen George Maurer and Muggsy Lauer will appear as "special guest musicians," the release said.
"Little Shop" first appeared in 1960 as a campy horror film that quickly became a cult classic, according to the release. It was brought to the live stage in 1968, setting records as the third-longest running production in New York's off-Broadway theater scene.
In 1983 the musical won the New York Drama Critics Best Musical Award, beating the Broadway hit "Cats," the release said.
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