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Randolph theatre to present Little Shop of Horrors

The man-eating plant talks to actors in Little Shop of HorrorsA man-eating plant will be on display in Randolph’s Thoresen Theatre this weekend as Randolph College presents its spring theatre production, Little Shop of Horrors. The sci-fi rock musical opens Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Originally developed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken as a screenplay, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a down and out flower shopkeeper named Seymour, who finds a plant that turns his life around. Seymour’s new fame and fortune means that Audrey, his coworker and love of his life, finally begins playing attention. But as the plant grows, so does its taste for murder.

Director Patrick Earl said that aside from the monstrous plant and wacky, comedic scenarios, the play has an underlying message about the way people define themselves by their relationships with other people.

“It’s not just about the man-eating plant, the rock music, and that sort of thing—it’s also about our need for human contact and for each other,” Earl said. “I think in this crazy, desperate world we live in right now, it’s that much more relevant because we have a tendency as humans to define ourselves by our relationships with other people and our circumstances within the world compared to other people.”

Earl, who is an adjunct theatre professor, is excited to be directing his first play at Randolph.

“Honestly, this is my favorite musical, so being able to direct it is just a joy,” he said. “The music is so catchy, and it’s so campy and cheesy. It’s hard for anyone to think badly of this show, so to be able to direct it is just great.”

Little Shop of Horrors opens Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Thoresen Theatre, located inside the Harold G. Leggett Building. Shows are also scheduled April 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at

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