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Little Shop of Horrors

Jan 13 – Feb 15

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A hapless skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation – and gets the girl of his dreams – when he discovers an exotic man-eating plant. This delightfully demented, charming and tuneful family musical blends doo-wop, rock and Motown into an affectionate cult classic send-up of B-movie horror flicks and the American Dream. From the award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

Book by Howard Ashman
Music & Lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Directed by Sean Daniels
Musical Direction by Don Kot
Choreography by Wendy Seyb
Scenic Design by Michael Raiford
Costume Design by Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Design by Brian Lilienthal
Sound Design by Matthew Callahan
Wig & Makeup Design by Dave Bova
Dramaturgy by Jean Gordon Ryon

Run Time: 2 hours, including intermission.
Age Recommendation: 10+ due to brief domestic violence and man-eating plant.

Will Blum

Seymour

WILL BLUM makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Little Shop of Horrors. He was most recently seen in his award-winning performance as Ari “Lesh” Leshnikoff in Barry Manilow’s new musical Harmony at the Ahmanson and Alliance Theatres. Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Elder Cunningham) and Grease (Roger). Mr. Blum appeared in the National Tours of Elf: The Musical (Buddy the Elf), Hair (Margaret Mead / Dad / Tribe), Seussical (Horton) and Grease (Roger). Regional credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barfée) at Paper Mill Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company, Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod) at Pittsburgh CLO, Sweet Charity (Oscar), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium), Big River (Huck) and Floyd Collins (Floyd). Mr. Blum received his B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory. Instagram: @willblum

Raymond Carr

Puppeteer

RAYMOND CARR has been a puppeteer, filmmaker and designer for more than 15 years in Atlanta. Starting at an early age, he performed with his family’s clowning and puppetry troupe based out of Los Angeles. In 1999 he made Atlanta his home. He has traveled all over the country and to Europe performing the art of puppetry. Some of Mr. Carr’s credits include Puppeteer for Nick Jr’s “Lazytown;” head puppeteer for the North American tour of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular; puppeteer/writer/director for various performances at the Center for Puppetry Art; and he is a regular performer at Dad’s Garage Puppet Slam and various other theatres. He has produced and directed several film and multimedia projects that have been featured in film festivals around the world and have won various awards. He has also been commissioned to create films and interactive puppetry experiences from organizations such as the Georgia Aquarium, Scoutmob, Dropbox and Ibex Puppetry run by Heather Henson.

Trista Dollison

Crystal

TRISTA DOLLISON makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway credits include Disney’s The Lion King and Avenue Q. NY credits include Porgy & Bess, Randy Newman’s Faust (City Center) Easter Mysteries and Stand Tall (NYMF). Regionally, Ms. Dollison has appeared in Dreamgirls, The Buddy Holly Story, Once on This Island, Into the Woods and Hairspray. A proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices. Lots of love to The Mine, Mom, Dad and my soon to be husband, Clarence. I can’t wait to be Mrs. Manuel!! Proverbs 3:5-6.

Talitha Farrow

Chiffon

TALITHA FARROW is excited to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in Little Shop of Horrors as she grew up in Clarence, NY. She appeared in the national tours of The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls and Hairspray. Ms Farrow is a graduate of AMDA-NY. She is always thankful to God for her talents and many blessings, as well as her family and friends who are extremely supportive. She also thanks her agents Dulcina Eisen Associates for all they do.

John Gregorio

Orin/Everyone Else

JOHN GREGORIO is delighted to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for Little Shop of Horrors. He has previously appeared at Geva in The Book Club Play as Will, The 39 Steps as Richard Hannay. Off-Broadway credits include Around the World in 80 Days at The New Theater at 45th St., Silent Laughter at the Lamb’s Theatre and The Nuclear Family at The Belt. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at North Shore Music Theatre, The Legend of Pecos Bill at Alliance Theatre and The Mystery of Irma Vep for Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. Television credits include The Extended Family (Sundance), Good Eats (Food Network) and Smoking Gun TV (Court TV). Mr. Gregorio is a founding member of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta and The Nuclear Family in New York, with whom he teaches and performs improvisation around the country.

Kristen Mengelkoch

Audrey

KRISTEN MENGLEKOCH is ecstatic to be back at Geva! Off-Broadway, she has performed in NEWSical the Musical and Forbidden Broadway. On television, she appeared on “Veronica Mars.” Here on the Mainstage, Ms. Mengelkoch was seen in Five Course Love, The Music Man, Perfect Wedding, Company and The Book Club Play. She has done regional work throughout the country and now calls NYC home. A Kansas native, she holds a B.F.A. from Emporia State University and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. All her love and thanks to everyone at Geva and ‘Team Daniels!’ www.kristenmengelkoch.com

Gavyn Pickens

Ronette

GAVYN PICKENS is so happy to make her debut in Little Shop of Horrors at Geva Theatre! A graduate of Spelman College, she received her B.A. in Theatre. Ms. Pickens began dancing as a child and continued to perform through singing and acting. As the daughter of television and film star James Pickens Jr. (Dr. Webber on “Grey’s Anatomy”) she is now trying to make a name of her own. Regional credits include A Chorus Line and Night Writers. Other Credits include The Bluest Eye (director Jasmine Guy), Perp! The Criminal Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Amen Corner, Crowns, and The Glass Menagerie. Ms. Pickens is also an accomplished jazz and choral vocalist, has studied amongst some of the greats at the University of Oxford in England, and comedy improvisation at the world famous Groundlings and Second City in Hollywood, CA.

Danny Rutigliano

Mushnik

DANNY RUTIGLIANO comes directly from the Goodspeed Opera House and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. He performed in the original Broadway and Los Angeles casts of The Lion King for which he received the Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other Broadway and National tour credits include Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. He starred in the international tour of Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel. He played the title role in City Center Encores! Fiorello. Other Encores! appearances include Bells Are Ringing, Kismet, The New Moon and One Touch of Venus. Off-Broadway credits include Silk Stockings, Hollywood Pinafore, Godspell, Yiddle With a Fiddle, Topper and Daydreams: The Music and Magic of Doris Day. TV/Film credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “My Big Fat Greek Life” (original pilot), “Three Sisters,” “Brothers Garcia,” “Naked Brothers Band,” “The Equalizer,” Goodfellas, 13, The Producers and Disney’s Dumbo II. Mr. Rutigliano has performed extensively in regional theatre and appeared in numerous commercials and voiceovers. His favorite role is husband to Jacqueline Monroe. dannyrutigliano.com

Bethany Thomas

Audrey II

BETHANY THOMAS is very excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! Regional credits include The Color Purple, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Ragtime at Milwaukee Rep; South Pacific at Marriott Lincolnshire (Chicago Jeff Award); Hairspray at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Hair at the Paramount Theatre; Porgy and Bess at Court Theatre; She Loves Me at Writers’ Theatre; We 3 Lizas at AboutFace Theater; and Yeast Nation at American Theatre Company. Ms. Thomas resides in Chicago, where she is a familiar face/voice on the rock and roll scene. Don’t feed the plants.

Howard Ashman

Book and Lyrics

HOWARD ASHMAN wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (three songs) and served as producer on The Little Mermaid and Executive Producer on Beauty and the Beast. With composer Alan Menken, he received two Academy Awards® and two Golden Globes® for Best Song (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Under the Sea”) and four Grammy® Awards. He received an Academy Award® nomination with Mr. Menken for “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. As Author, Lyricist and Director for the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors, which ran for five years in New York and has been produced worldwide, Mr. Ashman received two Outer Critics¹ Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a London Evening Standard Award and a Drama Desk Award. For his screenplay version of Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Ashman received a nomination from the Screen Writers Guild and “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” was nominated (with Mr. Menken) for an Academy Award® for Best Song. He was Author, Lyricist and Director of Smile for which he received a Tony® nomination for Best Book. His other credits include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and The Confirmation (his only full-length play). He was the Artistic Director of the WPA Theatre (1976-1982). Born on May 17, 1950 in Baltimore, Mr. Ashman died at age 40 of complications due to AIDS on March 14, 1991 in New York City.

Alan Menken

Composer

ALAN MENKEN’s theatre credits include God Bless You Mr Rosewater, Little Shop Of Horrors, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen Of The Galaxy, Kicks, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty And The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Der Glackner Von Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap Of Faith, Aladdin and Newsies. Film credits include Little Shop Of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules, Life With Mikey, Lincoln, Home On The Range, Noel, Enchanted, Shaggy Dog, Tangled and Mirror Mirror. Mr. Menken composed songs for Rocky V, Home Alone 2 and Captain America. He is the recipient of 8 Oscars (19 nominations), 11 Grammys (including Song of the Year) , 7 Golden Globes, a Tony® Award (plus 4 nominations), Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics, Olivier and London’s Evening Standard Award, Drama League. He has been honored by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and received honorary Doctorates from New York University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Sean Daniels

Director

SEAN DANIELS Sean Daniels (Director) has previously directed The 39 Steps, Informed Consent, Tinker to Evers to Chance, The Book Club Play, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Bob, All Your Questions Answered, The Race of the Ark Tattoo and Noodle Doodle Box at Geva.  He has also directed at the Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC) The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC.), St. James (West End, London), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, Cal Shakes, Portland Center Stage, Southern Rep,  Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, and at the Edinburgh Scotland Fringe. He was recently named the Artistic Director at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, after serving as the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement at Geva. He previously spent four years at the Tony Award- winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed  17 productions including 5 Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta, Ga.   Mr. Daniels has been named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” &  “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine.  @seandaniels

Don Kot

Musical Director

DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his fourteenth season!  Geva productions include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to NormalAvenue Q, CompanyThe Music ManFive Course LoveSweeney ToddCabaretUrinetownA Chorus LineCamelot1776A Christmas CarolSister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the WorldOne For My Babyright next to me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife.  He was also vocal coach and music arranger for The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in HydesvilleOur Town and Inherit the Wind.  Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Best of Forbidden BroadwaySmokey Joe’s CaféLeader of the PackHonk!, and The Most Happy Fella. He has played for the national touring productions of Fosse, FootlooseFiddler on the RoofThe King and IMamma Mia and Hairspray.  Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Wendy Seyb

Choreographer

WENDY SEYB creates stories for film, theatre and dance. Her vibrant work explores the humorous side of the human condition through story, comedy, and movement. Choreography credits include Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall with Sting, Kevin Spacey, James Taylor and Renee Fleming; “The Pee Wee Herman Show” for Broadway and HBO, the Off-Broadway production of Click Clack Moo (Lortel nomination), Off-Broadway and International production of The Toxic Avenger Musical (Lortel, Dora and Callaway nominations) and the Off-Broadway/National Tour of Murder For Two. As a Director and Choreographer, Ms. Seyb’s credits include How You Look At It for the Sacramento Ballet; Onirique a cirque-style show (Big E Award winner for Direction); Birthday Sax for Ars Nova, and she directed the comedy web series “That Reminds Me….” Ms. Seyb has also helped create shows with Disney, Cartoon Network, Richard Frankel Productions, Nickelodeon, and SeaWorld. Her Narrative Dance Comedies have won awards, and been seen in short film form, spec commercials, music videos, and at esteemed NYC venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is currently working on a Dance Comedy Series. www.wendyseyb.com

Michael Raiford

Scenic Designer

MICHAEL RAIFORD, a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, made his Geva Theatre Center debut during the 2012 season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last season. He has designed 2O shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville including a dozen world premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other regional credits include Cleveland Play House; Central City Opera; Kansas City Rep; The Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Opera Boston, The New Victory Theatre in NYC, South Coast Rep. and Playmakers Rep. In Austin he designed The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project for Ballet Austin; Rigoletto for Austin Lyric; Tesla and Big Love for the Rude Mechanical’s; 20 years and 100 productions for Zach. Recent Favorites include Ragtime, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening and Hairspray. Currently projects at Zach include the Premier of Mad, Beat, Hip and Gone by Steven Dietz.  In addition, Mr. Raiford works as a Creative Consultant in many fields including Architecture, Advertising and yes, even Marching Band and Drum Corps (Artistic Director of The Academy).   He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for ten years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists.  To see more of his work visit: flickr.com/photos/michaelraiford/sets

Jennifer Caprio

Costume Designer

JENNIFER CAPRIO returns to Geva Theatre Center where she previously designed The 39 Steps and Bad Dates. Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway credits include The Lion at Manhattan Theatre Club, Tail! Spin! starring Rachel Dratch at the Culture Project, Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage, In Transit at Primary Stages (Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs for Dreamlight Theatre Company, Modern & Post-Modern Living for LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, and the upcoming Little Children Dream of God at the Roundabout. Ms. Caprio has designed costumes for the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo.  International credits include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and tours of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and “Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers.” Regional Credits include Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Colorado, La Jolla Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, Westport Country Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Hangar Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, among others. Ms. Caprio earned her B.F.A. at Ithaca College and her M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Brian J. Lilienthal

Lighting Designer

BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last season. New York credits include La Mama ETC, Cherry Lane and 29th Street Rep. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville (over 60 productions as Resident Designer), Milwaukee Rep, The Huntington Theatre Company, Playmakers Rep, Arizona Theatre Co, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Arden Theatre Co, Merrimack Rep, Trinity Rep, The Kennedy Center, Theatre @ Boston Court, Perishable Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, New Paradise Labs, amongst many.    Mr. Lilienthal has designed lighting for operas at Opera Bard Summerscape, Long Beach Opera and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.  He has spent eight summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center as a resident lighting designer. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award (LA) for lighting design.  Mr. Lilienthal holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.  He is currently teaching lighting design at Tufts University. 

Matthew Callahan

Sound Designer

MATTHEW CALLAHAN made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last season. He Served as the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for seven seasons (2004-2011) and for more than 50 productions, including the world premieres of Bob, Elemeno Pea, Ground, Sirens, Wild Blessings, The Hard Weather Boating Party, Slasher, The End, Rock and Roll – The Reunion Tour, Dark Play – stories for boys, Great Falls, This Beautiful City, The Scene, The Unseen, Six Years, Pure Confidence and Hazard County. Recent regional credits include Comedy of Errors, Family Album (engineering), Animal Crackers at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Pavilion at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; An IlliadGood People, Mrs. Mannerly, Ghost Writer at Ensemble Theatre Company, as well as designing productions at Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep., St. Louis Rep., Arizona Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut St. Theatre, Prince Music Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage and Studio. He served as the Resident Sound Designer for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2008 and 2009.

Dan Kerr-Hobert

Puppet Designer

DAN KERR-HOBERT is an ensemble member of The Chicago Neo-Futurists and Blair Thomas and Company, and the former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre. As a puppet designer, director, writer, deviser, performer, and writer, his work has been seen throughout the United States at venues such as the MCA, the DIA, NJPAC, Steppenwolf, the Pritzker Pavilion, HERE Arts Center in New York, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additionally, he has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago. He works as the Theatre Artist-In-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Kerr-Hobart is an alum of the Acting program at the Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Dave Bova

Wig and Makeup Artist

DAVE BOVA makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway credits include Makeup Design for Violet and The Real Thing.  Hair and Makeup Design credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Here Lies Love, Booty Candy, The Killer, My Name is Asher Lev, Good Person of Szechwan, The Ohmies, Romeo and Juliet, Off-Broadway’s Nothing But Trash; Last of the Boys and Lady Madeline for Steppenwolf Theatre;  Two Gentleman of Verona and The Merchant of Venice for Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Guys and Dolls, Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Great Lakes Theater Festival;  Your Biggest Fan, Rich Girl and Our Town  for George Street Playhouse. Mr. Bova has designed for Central City Opera Company (2012 – 2014 Seasons), Bard Summerscape (2014 Season) and the Sarasota Opera Fall 2014 Season. He has designed for the national tours of  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Addam’s Family, Camelot, Rock of Ages and Spamalot. Broadway Wig Construction credits include Wicked, Memphis, The Miracle Worker, Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, The  Addam’s Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde and Cirque Du Soleil. “Thank you Zevie for all your love and support.”

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