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ESU to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ as 2023 homecoming musical

EMPORIA, Kan. – Emporia State University Theatre will present” Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken as the 2023 Homecoming musical. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at the  Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall on the ESU campus.

The story follows Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who discovers a peculiar plant with a craving for human flesh. As the plant, Audrey II, grows increasingly demanding and dangerous, Seymour must navigate a web of moral dilemmas, all while trying to win the heart of his co-worker and love interest, Audrey. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a unique blend of comedy and horror with dark humor, outrageous characters and an electrifying 1960s pop rock score.

Area students in the production include Austin Michaelis, of Overbrook, Kan., who is the puppeteer for Audrey II, and Elizabeth Lowery, Reading, Kan., who is on the shift crew.

Jim Harris will direct the production. “As I’ve told my cast and crew, I have a soft spot for this dark, comedic musical,” Harris said. “I was fortunate to play Seymour in my final high school production. Hearing the music and watching the scenes naturally brings back a flood of memories for me. It’s such a well-known musical and there’s a reason why it remains so popular.

“The characters, which can easily slip into stereotypes or caricatures, are more complex when we look deeper. Everyone can relate to feelings of worthlessness, dreams of betterment, and seemingly pointless struggle at times. We root for Seymour and Audrey and empathize with their challenges. I encourage everyone to see this production full of great performances, terrific spectacle, and wonderful music.”

The show runs approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Visit for additional information and to order tickets, or call the box office at 620-341-5256, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the Karl C. Bruder Theatre Box Office one hour before the show.

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