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CHP’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ opens

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Little Shop of Horrors --

Pictured are Allen Booth, Jessica Smith, Brenda Smith, David Grant and Alex Broderick, residents on Skid Row, preparing for this week’s opening of Carriage House Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The cast and crew of Carriage House Players’ production of “Little Shop of Horrors” are busy putting the final touches on the set and costumes and wrapping up last minute details in preparation for opening weekend.

This play has been one of the most requested by patrons and CHP members alike, and Director Brenda Wilkes shares that “this summer finally felt like the right time to do it.”

Assistant Director Jennifer Bradford adds, “We just have so much talent here in Lincoln County, and we’ve assembled a great group of actors, dancers and vocalists to bring this show to the stage.”

In addition, “Little Shop” required a unique talent not often found on the CHP stage. The man-eating plant, Audrey 2, had to be designed, created and brought to life by a talented group of individuals. Mickey Johnson, who also serves as an assistant director in the show and plays Mr. Mushnik, lent his amazing skills in this area. He began before the show was even cast creating the puppets that would become Audrey 2. This required four different creations as Audrey 2 continues to grow throughout the production.

Adding their special talents to Audrey 2 are puppeteers, Trace Williams and Allie Ruhlander, while Craig Carodine lends his deep, soulful voice.

Wilkes would like to expresses her appreciation to her cast and countless others who have devoted so much of their summer to make this a successful show.

Opening night will be this Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. with additional evening performances on Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, all at 7 p.m. “Little Shop” will also stage two matinees, each at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 10.

Tickets are available at the usual CHP ticket outlets, Bagley & Bagley Insurance, The Book Inn, Carter’s Drug Store, The Flower House, Elk River Coffee Company, Parks Jewelers, Regions Bank/Park City branch and Sissy’s Antiques. You may also reserve tickets by calling 931-433-1300 or emailing carriagehouseplayers@gmail.com. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.