Campbellsville University Theater to perform ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Campbellsville University Theater to perform ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The cast of "Little Shop of Horrors" is shown in the Russ Mobley Theater of the Alumni Building. The play will be
performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13; at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14; at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; and at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16.  (Campbellsville University Photo by Naranchuluu Amarsanaa)

By Aaron Presley, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University, which provides a range of activities for its students and the community at Homecoming, is offering more than just football for Homecoming fans this year.

This year’s Homecoming play performances, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 13-16, will be “Little Shop of Horrors” in the Russ Mobley Theater in the Alumni Building, 114 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

The Music Theatre International website describes the show as: “A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.”


Seymour, played by Dakota Rogers of Harrodsburg, Ky., gets angry at Audrey II and tries to kill the
plant. (Campbellsville University Photo by Naranchuluu Amarsanaa)


The plant, ‘Audrey II,’ grows into an ill-tempered, rhythm and blues singing carnivore who offers the floral assistant fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.


The website says “Little Shop of Horrors” is “One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time.” It continues: “This affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin.’ Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, ‘Little Shop of Horrors' never fails to entertain.”

Don Smith, a junior majoring in theater with a minor broadcasting, right, plays Mr. Mushnik, the owner of the
Skid Row Florist. He sings with his soon-to-be son, Seymour, played by Dakota Rogers. (Campbellsville
University Photo by Ashley Wilson)


Audrey is played by Jess Harris of Louisville. Other cast members include: Alia McClendon of Radcliff, Ky. as Crystal; Dakota Rogers of Harrodsburg, Ky.; Zach Myers of Campbellsville as Orin Scrivello (The Dentist); Sarah Porter of Harrodsburg, Ky. as Chiffon; Don Smith of Campbellsville as Mr. Musknik; Paul Bray of Casey Creek, Ky. as Customer/Wino/Reporters/Mrs. Luce; Alia McClendon, Sarah Porter and Singrid Tipton of Lawrenceburg, Ky. as Do-Wop Girls; and Rob Collins of Campbellsville as the voice of Audrey II.


Production staff includes Dr. Frieda Gebert, associate professor of theater, as director; Matt Hodge, instructor in music and fine arts recruiter as music director; Starr Garrett, assistant professor and theater director as the artistic director; Julie Vetter, a sophomore from Morningview, Ky., stage manager; Bella Jeffrey, a freshman from Campbellsville, costumer; Matt Nall, assistant director of theater, production manager; Kim Hough of Louisville, lighting design; Julia Tan Sze Ting of Malaysia, lighting technician; Megan Kist of Radcliff, Ky., costume crew;

Margareth Miguel of Brazil, publicity/box office manager; Brian Kretzler of Campbellsville, Steven Jospur of Texas, Julia Tan Sze Ting and Adam Goodlett of Harrodsburg as puppeteers; and the set crew is composed of Katy Doolin of Lancaster, Ky., Adam Goodlett, Kenneth Ramsey II of Columbia, Ky., Kim Hough, Brian Kretzler and Bella Jeffrey.

Performances include Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct.14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.

Admission to “Little Shop of Horrors” is $5. Group rates are available. To make reservations, contact the theater office at (270) 789-5266 or go online to

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is


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