Just in time for Halloween, Peacock Players, New Hampshire's award-winning youth theater, presents the frighteningly funny musical "Little Shop of Horrors" Oct. 13-22 at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua.
One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, "Little Shop" feeds the need for musical-theater hilarity with a deviously delectable sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant named Audrey II.
Created over 30 years ago by the genius team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who also wrote the Disney hits "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and The Beast" and "Aladdin," "Little Shop" is one of the world's most popular musicals.
Its quirky plot revolves around Seymour Krelborn, a meek floral assistant who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II, after the co-worker he has a mad crush on. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing, carnivorous plant promises endless fame and fortune to Krelborn -- as long as he keeps feeding it its food of choice -- blood. Along the way, Seymour discovers Audrey II has out-of-this-world origins and is hell-bent on dominating the world.
Keith Weirich, a Broadway veteran and Peacock Players artistic director, directs the show.
He is joined by music director Henry Kopczynskie III and choreographer Mary Sullivan.
Weirich also designed the scenery and lighting, assisted by Norm St. Germain.
Rich Loomer is sound designer, and Alex Homola and Maggie Mahoney are costume designers.
The cast features several local thespians, including Olivia Silva of Billerica, Elsa Keefe of Lowell, Alex Nick and Kyle Kashiwabara of Pepperell, and Gabrielle White of Lunenburg.
"Peacock Players is passionate about engaging our audiences with electric, bold storytelling, which makes re-inventing this classic a perfect way to launch our 42nd mainstage season," said Weirich. "The reason that our productions have been so successful is that we, as a production team, not only work well in our areas of expertise but work even better together. We're always seeking new ways to further the story and score."
The show is rated PG-13, and parental guidance is advised for younger children. Tickets are $12-$19 and available by call 603-886-7000 or visiting www.peacockplayers.org.
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DANCIN' FEET: "So You Think You Can Dance," the Emmy Award-winning TV show that sparked the country's dance-craze fascination, is on a national tour this fall and visits Boston's Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The featured cast include top-10 finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver. Season 14 All-Stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar also join the cast, bringing star power to the stage for their performances with such stars as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Usher and Jennifer Lopez. Tickets start at $43 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
HORROR FLICKS: Lowell's Luna Theatre, located in Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., hosts a series of horror flicks during the haunted month of October. First up is the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2:05 and 7:05 p.m. The lineup also includes the Ed Wood cult classic "Plan Nine from Outer Space" on Friday, Oct. 13; "Night of the Living Dead" on Saturday, Oct. 14; and "Carrie: on Sunday, Oct. 22. Visit www.lunalowell.com for info and tickets.
BUT CAN SHE SING?: Meryl Streep earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as Florence Foster Jenkins in the 2016 flick about the mid-20th-century socialite who considered herself an esteemed soprano, while others played along with it and others recognized her extreme lack of talent. The talented, well-known Boston soprano Leigh Barrett plays Jenkins in "Souvenir -- A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins" at Lyric Stage, Oct. 20-Nov. 19. The one-woman-plus-her-accompanist show is a remounting by director Spiro Veloudos of one of his favorite Lyric productions. Written by Stephen Temperley, it also features music director Will McGarrahan as accompanist Cosme McMoon. Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.lyricstage.com or 617-585-5678.