Little Shop of Horrors presented on stage at WHS

The Wells Players at Wells High School will present the off-Broadway hit musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, in the Olenn Auditorium beginning March 22 through March 25.  The play is a spoof of the 1960 Roger Corman movie Little Shop.   This musical is produced by Ryan Lane and directed by Andrew Lopez. 

This production represents Wells High School's triumphant return to musical theater after a three-year disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The talented cast, timeless themes, relatable characters, powerful score, and sharp edges of this musical will keep you at the edge of your seat for the entire show!  

In all, there are thirty-four students in the cast and crew.  Musical direction is provided by Bailey Smith, who played "Chiffon" in WHS’s 2006 production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Music for Little Shop of Horrors was composed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

The story is set in “Skid Row”, a rough part of New York City where its habitants long for a better life.  Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Sam Coleman) has a love interest in his co-worker Audrey (Sarah Jerry).  During a total solar eclipse, Seymour finds an unusual plant that he names Audrey II.    It turns out later that Audrey II has come to Earth from outer space with an appetite for humans and an agenda to conquer the planet. 

The novelty of the growing plant attracts a great deal of business to the struggling flower shop.  However, after Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin (David Patnaude), to the plant following Orin's accidental death, Seymour must now come up with more bodies for the increasingly hungry plant.  Going forward is he going to keep feeding the plant or give up everything to be with the one he truly loves?  Come and see this hilarious sci-fi musical for the answer.  

Performance dates, times, and ticket prices are as follows:  Wednesday, 3/22, 3:30 pm.  Admission is free for students and senior citizens.  All others $5; Thursday, 3/23, 6:30 pm- adults $8, students and seniors $5; Friday, 3/24, 7:00 pm- adults $8, students and seniors $5; Saturday, 3/25, 2:00 pm- adults $8, students and seniors $5.  General seating and tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to show time.  For more information please call Wells High School at 207-646-7011 extension 2138.

Principal cast members starring in WHS’s 2023 production of Little Shop of Horrors: back Row (l-r): Anne Michelle Randle (as Crystal), Elizabeth Nichols (Brianna), Caroline Dufort (Chiffon). Front Row (l-r): Crow Campbell (Mr. Mushnik), Sam Coleman (Seymour), Sarah Jerry (Audrey), and David Patnaude (Orin).