With a man-eating plant that threatens the world as we know it, “Little Shop of Horrors” does not lack for thrills.
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A comedy rock musical starring New Mexico Tech students and Socorro-area residents aims to delight students, families, and fans of community theater with three performances this month. “Little Shop of Horrors” is the annual musical presented by the New Mexico Tech CLASS (Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences) Department and Socorro Community Theater.

The performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at NMT’s Macey Center. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for seniors age 65 and older, $8 for youth age 17 and under, and free for NMT students. Tickets are available online at: nmt.edu/pas

Many will recall the story of the hapless floral shop worker, his co-worker crush Audrey, her sadistic dentist boyfriend, and the man-eating plant that threatens them and the world as we know it from the 1986 movie starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. The musical comedy features songs such as “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly, Seymour,” originally written for the Broadway musical, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and book by Howard Ashman.

The local production is directed by Theresa Apodaca, who teaches education courses and theater at NMT, and Professor Steve Simpson, dean of Arts and Sciences, serves as the production manager. Simpson said people looking for a good night out will find it with “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“It’s funny and exciting and has all of the elements that Techies will want,” he said. “It very much fits the Techie vibe and will appeal to community members as well.”

NMT students make up 75 percent of the cast, with other roles played by talented community members, Simpson said.

“Students really came out this year,” he said. “They get to stretch their creative muscles. I was really impressed with how much work they are putting into this production. It’s a good opportunity for students and a fun event for all.”

Besides Socorro Community Theater and the CLASS Department, additional sponsors of the performances are: NMT President Stephen G. Wells, NMT Office of Student Life, NMT Performing Arts Series, Pharmers Quality, State Rep. Tara Jaramillo and Positive Outcomes.

Cast of “Little Shop of Horrors”

Danny Tallon, Seymour Krelborn; Emma Nourse, Audrey; Santiago Montoya, Mushnik; Minnie Mao, Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.; Deven Raman, Audrey II (voice offstage); Jalethzie Peña, Audrey II (Puppeteer); Ekaterina Makhnina, Mrs. Luce/Ensemble; Genna Crom, Ronnette; Katie Teems Norris, Crystal; Ngoc Bui, Snip; Christopher Hathaway, Interviewer/Ensemble; Jay Blanchard, Customer 1/Bernstein; Cameron Caruso, Chiffon; Suzanne Eisenberg, Patrick Martin; Warren        Marts, Ensemble/Wino; Clint Richardson, Ensemble/Wino; Greg Miller, Ensemble/Singing Wino; Haley Cordova, Ensemble; Estevan Ortega, Ensemble; Shane Collins, Ensemble; Ella Hooks, Ensemble; Betsy Long, Ensemble; Lloyd Tozier, Voice; Fita Apodaca, Ensemble/pushing a cart.

Production Crew

Theresa Apodaca, Director; Kristal Kent, Music Director; Eileen Comstock, Set Design & Construction; Steve Simpson, Production Manager; Heather Sanchez, Accompanist/Vocal Coach; Sophie Bauer, Prop Master / Backstage Crew; Haley Hanson, Costume Master / Backstage Crew; Vanessa Cordova, Stage Manager; Val Thomas, Makeup Guru.

Musicians:

Heather Sanchez, pianist; Tom Fenton, guitar; Jim Ruff, bass; Rob Long, drums.