Stage Coach Players continues its 2019 season of plays this weekend when “Little Shop of Horrors” eats its way through DeKalb.
The Tony Award-nominated horror comedy/rock musical opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 20, at the theater at 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb.
Co-directed by Ryan Morton and Sara Pajor, the musical focuses on a nerdy florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that resembles a Venus fly trap that demands to be fed.
The cast includes Matt Weaver as Seymour, the nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s Florist, while Shannon Becker plays Audrey, his co-worker for whom he harbors a major crush. Becker was last seen in “The Little Mermaid,” while Weaver is making his Stage Coach debut.
Bernie Schuneman (“Urinetown, The Musical”) plays Mushnik; Abby Cooper (“The Little Mermaid”), Cortney Jo Newby (“It Shoulda Been You”) and Jyllan Torres (“Hairspray”) are cast as the street urchins; and Elenia Dokos (“Jekyll & Hyde”) is the voice of the plant, Audrey II.
Rounding out the cast are Denny Boynton, Jeff Hall, Kristin Madden, Jim Small, Jen Ketchum, Mike Anderson, Isaiah Panke, Sage McCue and Josie Squires. Korey Miller provides puppet movement for Audrey II.
The book for “Little Shop of Horrors,” along with lyrics, was written by Howard Ashman while the music was composed by Alan Menken.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct.10 to 12 and Oct. 17 to 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20.
Tickets cost $20 each or $18 for seniors and children age 13 and younger. To buy tickets, visit www.stagecoachplayers.com or call the Stage Coach box office at 815-758-1940.