A drop of blood may not seem like a big deal, but when a talking and singing plant starts demanding human flesh things begin to spiral pretty quickly.
That’s just a portion of the quirky, Tony Award-winning musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” that opens the 2019-2020 Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater season in Frederick.
Frederick resident Joseph Waeyaert plays Seymour, the shop employee who is in love with Audrey (the girl) and keeper of Audrey II (the man-eating plant.)
“He’s a sweetheart who means well even though he’s kind of an idiot,” Waeyaert said of his character.
Although this is the first time he’s appeared in “Little Shop,” Waeyaert said it’s always been one of his favorites since he watched his high school perform it nearly 15 years ago.
Making her “Little Shop” debut as Audrey is Way Off Broadway veteran Jaimie Lea Kiska of Middletown.
“She’s a very sweet soul, I think, but she has a little sassy side to her, too,” she said.
Kiska said she also loves the way she stands up for Seymour.
“Sometimes she’s Seymour’s hero,” she said.
Kiska, who is a physical education teacher in Howard County, calls “Little Shop” “a fun love story.”
With Motown-influenced songs, Waeyaert said the show also has “a lot of nostalgia for a lot of people.” The show features such songs such as “Skid Row,” “Suddenly, Seymour” and “Dentist.”
Kiska said “Little Shop” is a sci-fi musical and comedy, which is just one reason why she believes the show remains a favorite.
While Waeyaert, who is an administrative assistant for Zenimax Media, said the reason “Little Shop” continues to be a favorite is that “it’s still funny.”
“There’s not a lot of shows with a man-eating plant,” he said.
Those who have seen the show will see some slight changes to this production because Kiska said there are a few twists. First, instead of setting the show during the 1960s, it’s now set during the ‘80s. Another aspect is that Audrey II is voiced by a female (Genevieve Williams) instead of a traditional male, however Adam Hobbs is the puppeteer.
Rounding out the cast are Bill Kiska as Mushnik and Jordan B. Stocksdale as Orin Scrivello. Playing the urchins are Emma Cooley as Ronnette, Melissa Ann Martin as Crystal, and Megan E. West as Chiffon.
Kiska called the cast “very strong” and said about the three urchins “those women can sing.”
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