Alicia Jayne Kelly Returns for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Opening Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 30, 2014

It was a bit surreal, waking up Sunday morning and knowing I didn’t have to go over lines, which I had done religiously for the past three months. This daily effort had not assured me that I would not fail in getting out all the lyrics of Les Miserables, but I am sure more chaos would have ensued otherwise.

We had struck the set the night before — and when I say “we,” I mean the entire cast — with gallons of black paint, shaken not stirred by my friends at Orgain Building Supply. In less than an hour, hours of work by Amber Wallace quickly disappeared, revealing a huge black box. All that black made the space seem so much bigger, just waiting in limbo for the next set.

On Monday when I returned to the theatre, the lobby was full of several versions of that man-eating plant, Audrey II, on rental from a theatre in St. Louis and hand-delivered by Kyra Bishop’s dad and mom via a U-Haul. Kyra herself designed the flower shop for Little Shop of Horrors.

Between Les Miserables and Little Shop, we had to create the jungle for Tarzan — no easy task that. But, fortunately, I had some super help from a dear friend and Roxy board member, Janet Mund, who mastered a staple gun and unreeled miles of greenery to fill that black box and turn it into a lush jungle with a few palm trees salvaged from last summer’s South Pacific. The Paris of the French Revolution (Les Miserables), the pre-Civil War American North (A Woman Called Truth), an African jungle (Tarzan) and a Skid Row flower shop (Little Shop of Horrors) — all this in less than a month!

The closing night of Les Miserables was packed — standing room only — but it didn’t make me happy. Packed houses at the end of the run cannot spread the word of standing ovations and the glorious sounds of whistling and cheering. The telling cannot stimulate another audience, since there are no other performances to attend.

On closing nights we collect for other 501(c)(3) nonprofits which provide assistance, such as the F.U.E.L. program, the SafeHouse, Manna Cafe, Loaves & Fishes, etc. My braced and bespectacled gentleman with the beautiful and gracious wife let us know of another organization: Bethany House, which helps women make the transition from incarceration back into the community. We collected $350 for them on closing night of Les Mis.

Little Shop of Horrors, by its title alone, is a hit — man-eating plants notwithstanding. Alicia Jayne Kelly returns after having spent her time since appearing as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific playing Velma Kelly in Chicago aboard a cruise ship. We are delighted to have Alicia back to grace our stage as Audrey in Little Shop.

Tonight is the pay-what-you-can preview for Little Shop of Horrors. All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever price you wish to pay.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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