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LESLIE BREFELD
Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond
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KEYSTONE ” The energetic Lake Dillon Theatre 2008 summer stock cast brings out the best in another classic show, “Little Shop of Horrors” this season. The musical production opened Thursday at the Pavilion at Keystone and will continue weekly through Aug. 14.

At Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists in the story, Seymour (played by Taylor Trensch) discovers an unidentified exotic plant that has a healthy appetite … for blood.

The flytrap, which Seymour names Audrey II, grows from a small potted plant to a beast on the stage.



The main character finds fame and fortune overnight with it, as it seems to help him reach his desires, including wooing his crush and co-worker Audrey.

“Audrey is poor and mistreated and insecure, and lets guys treat her bad,” said Anna Kimmell, who plays the love interest. Her character notices Seymour, but isn’t sure she’s good enough for him.



“Seymour is the unconventional hero of the show, not like most leading men,” Trensch said. “He does not have a lot of self-confidence … but he is sweet and genuine.”

Trensch described Audrey II as “a giant, crazy man-eating plant that ends up corrupting him to do what the plant wants.”

“The plant sort of represents what we’re all sort of faced with when someone or something says, ‘If you do this, I will get you this’ ” a devil on the shoulder kind of thing,” said William Lucas, who plays the shop owner Mr. Mushnik in the play.

He described his own character as “your typical New York low-life.”

“He’s put everything he owns into this shop that has produced absolutely nothing,” Lucas said. “He really treats Seymour and Audrey poorly until the business does well and he wants his cut.”

The play’s progression is helped along by six skid row chorus members and Audrey’s dentist boyfriend (played by John Jernigan) in the hour and a half run of the show. “Little Shop of Horrors” is directed by summer stock performer Ben Whitmore.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

– What: “Little Shop of Horrors”

– When: Plays Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 14.

– Where: Pavilion at Keystone

– Tickets: Call (970) 496-4FUN for tickets; $22 for adults and $18 for students, or visit http://www.keystoneneighbourhoodcompany.com.


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