"Little Shop of Horrors" comes to Muncie Civic Theatre

The Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors" comes to the Muncie Civic Theatre this weekend as the theater celebrates its 78th anniversary.

"Little Shop" opens Friday at 7 p.m. and will be shown the next three weekends.

The musical is about Seymour Krelborn, a man who purchases a flower only to find out that it survives on human blood. Throughout the play, Seymour and his plant become a town sensation, but also become involved in murder and deceit.

Ball State University sophomore Katie O'Keefe, the lead actress of the play, said she was excited about the production.

"We've been told that it's one of the best shows in a while," O'Keefe said. "It'll be good."

This is the first production for O'Keefe, who landed the role in the open auditions. O'Keefe said she was a little nervous about going on stage but that the cast and crew were confident.

"We've got it together," O'Keefe said.

The Civic Theatre is a volunteer-based theater that gets the vast majority of its members from Ball State.

"Ball State is a very important part of our volunteer base," Marty Grouss, Civic Theatre executive director, said. " Many students volunteer here for a class."

Mathew Hooper, who also works with the Ball State University Student Symphony and the Muncie Musical Orchestra, is the play's musical director.

Robby Tompkins, who has been with the Civic Theatre for three years, directed the musical.

"We're very excited," Tompkins said. "We have a fantastic cast and crew with both professional personnel and student volunteers."


Points of interest

  • Tickets for the show are $7 for students and $15 for adults.
  • "Little Shop of Horrors" runs Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 and Nov. 1, 5, 6 and 7
  • Muncie Civic Theatre is celebrating its 78th anniversary.
     

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