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A Horror-ific good time in Gypsum

Bart Garton
Little Thoughts of Horror
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: “The Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at Eagle Valley High School on Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students and seniors.

Well, we’re at it again.

After a rollicking good time with “The Rocky Horror Show,” the Vail Valley is in for another treat with an equally Horror-fying production. The Porchlight Players will present “Little Shop of Horrors” the first week of December. Though the production companies are different, you’ll recognize many of the faces.

Here’s the deal with the theatrical arts in the valley: Besides Porchlight, we have the Vail Valley Theatre Company (just did Rocky Horror), The Children’s Theater School (did “The Wizard of Oz” last summer at Ford Amp), and Vail Performing Arts Academy (“That Thing Called Swing” at the Vilar last weekend). The last two are primarily kids productions, while the first two are adults and sometimes teens. Add to that the fantastic high school plays and other groups that I fear I am omitting through ignorance, and you have a rich and diverse pool of talented entertainers bringing this valley some very fine theater.

The always growing cadre of cast and crew that put on these productions drift easily between companies, so the general public may not be aware of the difference. In this particular case, you’ll note that Brad from Rocky Horror (Robert Wagner) plays multiple roles, hysterically, that require impossible costume changes. The amazing Lance Schober, who absolutely killed it as Frank N. Furter, will be using his skills as a puppeteer to control Audrey 2, the villainous plant in this show. And I’ll be behind the scenes of this one (I got enough “exposure” in the last play) providing the sinister voice for the plant. The three of us are happy to step back and help showcase the talents of the principals of Little Shop, about which I’ll describe in next week’s column. But now, a brief description of the show.

In the story, our hapless hero Seymour (yes, his name befits his geekiness) finds himself in a dead-end life at a flower shop on Skid Row. Working alongside the beautiful Audrey, Seymour’s life takes a sudden turn when he finds a “strange and interesting plant” that draws money-dripping customers to the store. But all is not well with this particular flytrap. Along with a greedy storekeeper, a sadistic dentist, and the three marvelous “Chiffons” who narrate the story as a rockin’ doo-wop greek chorus, murder and big trouble and hilarity ensue. This is not a spoiler article, so I won’t tell you that the plant happens to like a much larger fare than the common housefly, and that it’s quite successful in its hunt, and it grows fairly large and demonical throughout the course of the play.

If you’re troubled that you brought your kids to Rocky Horror, and they’re now undergoing therapy, never fear. This show is PG for humorous Warner-Brothers-type violence and a few off color words (but not the real bad ones). And the music rocks. Some really great and clever songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken drive the show, and I challenge people to resist humming the tunes afterwards.

Stay tuned for more stories from the trenches of Skid Row. I’ll slum around and bring you more ‘sticky licky sweets’ next week.

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