CONCORD — Some businesses grow by leaps and bounds, but one little florist shop is chomping its way to success, thanks to an extraterrestrial plant and its voracious appetite for customers.
In the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” Seymour Krelborn is a meek floral assistant at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists who has a big crush on his co-worker, Audrey. One day, after a total eclipse of the sun, he stumbles across a new breed of plant life, which he dubs “Audrey II.” The rapidly growing plant starts to attract a great deal of business to the previously struggling store, but the cost is great. This mean, green eating machine has a taste for humans.
And Hatbox Theatre is feeding the dark comedy that made for such memorable films over the years. To bring this wry show to stage, Hatbox Theatre is using puppetry and movement, as well as shadow, projection and other multi-media effects.
“Little Shop of Horrors” is based on the 1960s dark comedy film directed by Roger Corman, written by Charles B. Griffith and scored by Alan Menken, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman.
It got a cinematic reboot in 1986 with memorable takes by Rick Moranis as the nerdy Seymour, Ellen Green as the earnest Audrey, Vincent Gardenia as the opportunistic shop owner Mr. Mushnik and Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist.
The Hatbox Theatre’s production, a collaboration between Dive-In Productions and Theaterography, is produced by Jordan Formichelli and directed by Marina Altschiller.
Hatbox, located inside The Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road, presents “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $12-$17. For details, visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315.