Sluggish Burn Theatre Co.’s Little Store of Horrors makes a giant debut in Fort Lauderdale – Seen and Heard Worldwide


United States Little Store of Horrors (Ebook & Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken based mostly on the movie by Roger Corman): Amaturo Theater on the Broward Heart for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 15.10.2022. (SL)

Nick Anastasia as Seymour © Larry Marano

Musical director – Eden Marte
Director and Choreographer – Patrick Fitzwater
Units – Kelly Tighe
Costumes – Rick Peña
Lighting – Clifford Spulock
Puppets – Martin P. Robinson

Seymour – Nick Anastasia
Audrey – Caiti Marlowe
Mr. Mushnik – Matthew W. Korinko
Orin, Bernstein, Luce, Snip – Jeffrey Keller
Ronnette – Khadijah Rolle
Chiffon – Kareema Khouri
Crystal – Nayomi Braaf
The Plant / Audrey II – Tarik Zeigler
Audrey II Puppeteer – Chad Ethan Shohet

Simply in time for Halloween, Sluggish Burn Theatre Co. opened its manufacturing of Little Store of Horrors on 15 October. Their first present of the 2022/2023 season on the Amaturo Theater in The Broward Heart for the Performing Arts, it encompasses a tremendously gifted solid that delivers a hilarious musical efficiency.

The musical, which is acquainted to many, chronicles the story of a man-eating plant that brings unsuspecting luck to a small flower store in New York’s Skid Row. Chaos ensues when the plant begins to control Seymour, the shop clerk, to do its bidding.

Though the musical is humorous at each flip, Sluggish Burn’s solid does an unimaginable job of confronting the viewers with uncomfortable horror components that make LSOH the proper play to get you prepared for Halloween. You might wince a bit while you see Seymour on stage making an attempt to satiate the plant along with his personal blood, and you’ll positively squirm in your seat while you watch the dentist suffocate, however additionally, you will end up carried away by the present’s comedic reduction.

The unforgettable songs are superbly carried out by a solid that had the viewers cheering them on for the whole present. One of many basic songs in the beginning of the musical, ‘Skid Row (Downtown)’, paints a bleak image of life on skid row which helps one perceive the form of desperation that will get exploited when the plant presents Seymour with a possibility to transcend his circumstances in change for … blood. This background dialog about poverty and sophistication battle has led many to interpret LSOH as a critique on capitalism, displaying how the promise of fabric wealth can drive somebody to final ethical corruption.

If having an exceptional solid of performers was not sufficient, Sluggish Burn went above and past with their set. The flower store seamlessly converts into an outside scene of Skid Row, full with porch stoops and bums asleep on the facet of the highway.

An important factor to get proper is Audrey II, the man-eating plant. When absolutely mature, Audrey II sprang to life within the tune ‘Feed Me’, and the viewers erupted in applause. The large puppet started to sing and lash out its vines each which approach in a way that was so convincing it was scary. It appeared to take a small military to function Audrey II, and they didn’t miss a single beat.

Samuel Loetscher


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