“Musical theater triumphantly returns to Caltech” the press release says. The object of this praise is the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors, which opens this Friday, February 22nd.
Caltech theater always seems to be a whole community endeavor. Not only are there current undergrad and graduate students involved, but Caltech alumna Miranda Stewart is the show’s director, JPL optical engineer Holly Bender plays “Audrey,” community member Missy Biferno is one of the voices of the “sassy” three-women chorus, and Hollywood movie artist Anne Hyvarinen (along with Caltech staff member Elena Scire) designed and constructed the flower shop.
The horror of the play, Audrey II—”a strange plant with a mysterious appetite for blood,”—will be four plant puppets (to illustrate the different stages of growth), voiced by JPLer David Seal and operated by Applied Physics graduate student Zachary Tobin. But such a bloodthirsty fiend as Audrey II demands more than a mere duo—”plant wranglers” Marty Gibbons (long-time Hollywood set builder) and Sarah Slotznik (geology graduate student) are required to help bring Audrey II to life.
A down-on-his-luck florist smitten with a co-worker, selling his soul (figuratively) to a monster plant (specifically designed by Caltech engineers and smart folks from JPL), a sadistic dentist, a background chorus, and an accompanying rock band composed entirely of Caltech students—what’s not to love?
You only get five opportunities to be horrified.
Little Shop of Horrors
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22nd & 23rd, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24th, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1st, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 2nd, 2:30 p.m.
Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium
Del Mar & California Blvds. (north/south) and Catalina & Hill Avenues (east/west)
Tickets: general, $18; Caltech students, $5; Caltech staff, JPL staff, & other students, $9
Tacit.Caltech.edu or call 626.395.4652 to purchase tickets