‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to be Performed at TNCC


Published: November 9, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Performing Arts, TNCC Players, and Iron Street Productions (ISP) will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall, on the Hampton campus. Performances will take place November 13-15 and November 20-22 at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Open to the public, the play is about a hapless florist shop assistant who discovers and raises a mysterious plant that craves fresh blood. As the story unfolds, the blood-thirsty plant named Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers the main character, Seymour, fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Featured songs composed by Ashman and Alan Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, include “Skid Row (Downtown), ” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly, Seymour” as well as the title song. The classic musical is one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays and is based on the 1960 dark comedy film of the same title.

Tickets are $16 general admission, $15 military/student/senior/teacher (with I.D.) and $12 for groups of 12 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the following Hampton locations:

  • Goin’ Postal – 1188 Big Bethel Rd. (Hampton Woods Plaza), 757-826-1288
  • Distinctive Memories Boutique – 555C Settlers Landing Road, 757-728-1555
  • The Grey Goose Tea Room – 101 West Queens Way, 757-723-7978

This play is a first-time co-production between TNCC and the local arts community. “It is also the first musical TNCC has produced in the college’s history,” said Michael Sundblad, head of TNCC’s Music Department and musical director for the play.

Directors Beth Beasley and Victoria Sanders said the production is an ambitious undertaking. The 20-member cast comprised of students, faculty and community members has been rehearsing since early September. They are among more than 30 people involved in the production along with a stage manager, lighting designer, an accompanist, a four-piece instrumental ensemble and other crew. “The material is challenging and fun at the same time. TNCC hopes to produce a musical annually and hopes to continue the collaboration with Iron Street Productions,” said Sanders, Manager of the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

Beasley agreed, “We felt [this collaboration] would be a way for the TNCC theater group to make inroads into the Peninsula arts community. We decided to pool our resources in order to produce a show of this magnitude. Iron Street was interested in helping to promote TNCC to the community at large; as [the group] is a resident company at MTCA it seemed like a win-win situation.”

The collaboration is ideal for Iron Street’s Artistic Director and Owner Le’Royce Bratsveen as well. “It’s my goal to make ISP community focused, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to show my commitment to achieving that goal,” she said.

For more information, please contact Sanders at 757-825-2779. Information is also available through Iron Street Productions at 757-224-8937 or www.ironstreetproductions.com.

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