October 23 – November 15, 2015
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Based on the film by Roger Corman | Screenplay by Charles Griffith
It's everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story: Little Shop of Horrors. Take a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a blood-thirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Seductive, tragic and full of delightfully demented humor, this long-running off-Broadway musical comedy is sure to deliver. Enjoy a night of bloody good fun with doo-wop inspired songs like "Skid Row," "Somewhere That's Green,""Feed Me" and "Suddenly, Seymour." Photos by Michael Brunk | NWlens.com
Brad Walker (Seymour) is always proud to return to the SSR stage; previously appearing in Forever Plaid, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Puss in Boots. Since graduating from the University of Washington, Brad has also enjoyed performing with Taproot Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and StoryBook Theater to name a few. Some favorite credits: The Matchmaker (Barnaby), The Fabulous Lipitones (Bob), 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Chip), and The Clockwork Professor (Pemberton). Both Little Shop and this role in particular are very special to Brad. Huge thanks to Mark, Jen, Ken, and John for this opportunity. For Dad.
Joanna Hardie (Audrey) is thrilled to be returning to the stage with SSR. Some of Joanna's favorite recent projects include playing a dancing stewardess with Cafe Nordo in To Savor Tomorrow and being a Freedom Dancer in The Soft Rock Spectacular, Back to the Soft Rock and The Soft Rock Kid. Joanna is also a choreographer (A Chorus Line at Bainbridge Performing Arts, Scrooge at Seattle Musical Theatre) and director (The Drowsy Chaperone at Bainbridge Performing Arts, The Little Mermaid at BPA later this season). During the day Joanna is the Education Business Manager at Seattle Children's Theatre.
Eric Hartley (Mushnik) was last seen at SSR terrorizing collegiates as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde. Previous SSR shows include A Christmas Carol and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other recent appearances include Dr Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, and Frank in Educating Rita, both at RCT. Eric has been a fan of this show since he received the original cast album of Little Shop as a Christmas gift in 1982. Don't feed the plants!
Doug Fahl (Orin Scrivello, DDS) is pleased as punch to finally get to tackle the role of the dentist. He's happy to return to SecondStory after last appearing as Molokov in Chess. Other SSR shows include A Little Night Music and Bunnicula. Doug recently performed in the Gregory Award winning Into the Woods at StageRight, as well as Sweet Charity and Tommy at SMT.
Cherisse Martinelli (Crystal) is thrilled to be working with SecondStory for the first time! While she recently completed a run of The Great American Trailer Park Musical as Pippi at STAGEright Theatre, other recent work includes Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and the Narrator in Joseph... A recent graduate with her BFA in musical theater, she is beyond grateful to officially be a part of the Seattle theater community.
Alana Morrison (Ronette) is thrilled to be making her SecondStory debut in such a wonderful show! She had recently worked with Village Theatre Kidstage and AMT with the 5th Avenue Theatre. Much love to M, D, and S for their support. Enjoy the show!
Britt Boyd (Chiffon) is delighted to return to SecondStory's mainstage, where she most recently performed as Paulette in Legally Blonde. Other favorite local credits include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Seattle Musical Theatre), Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Seattle Public Theatre) and Martha in The Secret Garden (Kitsap Forest Theater). She has also performed locally with Village Theatre, ACT, Living Voices, Theater Schmeater and STAGEright. Cheers!
Evan Woltz (Audrey II Voice) is delighted to be performing again at SecondStory Repertory, having last appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. New York credits: Thankskilling the Musical (Festival of the Offensive). Regional credits: Peter Pan (Arizona Broadway Theatre). Seattle credits include: The Yellow Wood, Razia’s Shadow, A New Brain (Contemporary Classics); Jerry Springer the Opera, Thankskilling the Musical, Spring Awakening, Dr. Horrible, The Full Monty (Balagan Theatre); Nietzsche the Musical (Unexpected Productions); Gutenberg! The Musical!, Bat Boy (ArtsWest); 25th Annual… (Seattle Musical Theatre). Love to Mom and Dad. Thank you to Erin (I love you!) for all of the things.
Justin Silver (Puppeteer) is making his SSR debut with Little Shop of Horrors and he couldn’t possibly be sweating more inside that giant puppet – seriously guys, it is hot in there. Justin has multiple degrees in urban horticulture, puppeteering, and forensic science, which makes Little Shop the perfect combination of his many talents and interests. He would like to thank Ken for this wonderful opportunity and the Washington State ferry system for getting him to the show on time.
MEET THE BAND
Jordan Cope (Guitar) is so excited to be back at SSR playing his favorite musical based on a carnivorous plant. Other favorite credits include RENT (SSR), Next to Normal (Balagan), Hair, Checkmate (ArtsWest) and Godspell (VT). Check out his band Reverend Bear for another dose of rock at reverendbear.bandcamp.com
Kelly Paletta (Drums) is delighted to lend support to the stunningly talented cast of "Little Shop of Horrors." He has previously played drums and percussion for "Next to Normal" and "Tick, Tick...BOOM" at Second Story Repertory; and "Tommy" and "Man of La Mancha" at Seattle Musical Theatre. Kelly can also be heard in live performance and on recordings with The Hot McGandhis, Alicia Healey, Andrea Wittgens, and Jeremy Serwer.
Jim Graham (Bass) is a professional bassist with over 30 years experience playing upright and electric. His bass playing has been heard with numerous jazz and rock bands, film scores, concerts, CDs and cruise ship tours. He is also an ambient music composer. Jim especially enjoys musical theater and has played in over 100 different runs throughout the Pacific NW. Jim always enjoys working with the great staff and musicians at SSR!
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Ken Michels (Director) holds a special place for Twoey in his life. After seeing the original Little Shop at the Cherry Lane Theatre, he was lucky enough to meet and have Marty Robinson show him “the vines.” Jump ahead to ACTs northwest premiere of Little Shop in 1986. Understudying William Szmanski, Ken became an official member of the sacred pod of manipulators (seven at the time). Thanks to The Squolf and SecondStory Rep for the opportunity to step outside of the plant and direct this perfect piece of musical comedy. Ken continues to collaborate with the best, directing for Mount Baker Theater (Last of the Red Hot Lovers), Sound Theatre Co. (School For Lies), Bainbridge Performing Arts (The Full Monty, Spelling Bee, Shrek, Ave. Q, and Spamalot), GreenStage (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), SecondStory Rep (A Christmas Carol), and Kitsap Forest Theatre (Footloose). Love and thanks to Shawna, Sofie, and Amelia.
John Allman (Music Director/Keyboard/Conductor) is very, very scared to be involved in this terrifying ordeal! At SSR, he has worked on other wondrously frightening shows such as Rocky Horror Show, Rumpelstiltskin, and A Christmas Carol. He is also thrilled and humbled to have his original musical - Alice in Wonderland - on stage currently in SSR's TYA season. Thanks to Mark and Jen for the great opportunities!
Annie Simonton (Stage Manager) After spending a year working down by Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland, Annie is exceedingly pumped to move home and return to stage manage at SecondStory! A CWU theater generalist alum, Annie has creeped around interning and working at theaters around the Seattle area. Previous SSR credits include A Christmas Carol/A Christmas Carol Jr, Charlotte’s Web, and Rapunzel. Love to family and friends.
Laurie Roberts (Costume Designer) has costumed numerous shows at SecondStory and is very excited to back on Little Shop. She has been a costume designer for twelve years and her work was last seen in Cinderella and Next to Normal. She has designed shows for as many as 150 characters at Bellevue Youth Theatre where she works as a volunteer costume designer and mentor. She loves the variety working at SecondStory brings both designing for the Theater for Young Audiences and the Mainstage productions. Thanks as always to The Squolf!
Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry
Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!