Something for everyone in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Photos by John Gary Brown/CRT  Flower shop owner Mr. Mushnik (Bill Lawrence) and Seymour (Nicholas Caycedo) are jubilant about becoming adopted father and son in CRT’s “Little Shop of Horrors” as the infamous Audrey II (plant) listens in.

CREEDE– Creede Repertory Theatre continues its successful 54th season with the classic “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Do you like science fiction? A plant, called Audrey II, turns up during an eclipse. Do you like horror? Well, this particular plant has a taste for human flesh. Maybe you prefer love stories? The caretaker of Audrey II, a meek man named Seymour who works in a flower shop on Skid Row, is in love with one of his co-workers, Audrey. How about musicals? Because this wild, wacky tale is beautifully wrapped up in the song styles of the retro ‘60s.

While this is a classic, brought to life on the big screen in 1986 by Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, it’s the local talent here that brings it home. Nicholas Cayeedo does a wonderful job portraying Seymour and all his shortcomings, and Katrina Michaels as Audrey makes an enjoyable couple to watch. Bill Lawrence gives the store owner Mushnik depth by taking us through his different feelings towards Seymour, and Dustin Benson shined as the sadistic dentist Orin as well as other characters.  
A definite congratulations is in store for the behind the scenes people who controlled the plant as it grew larger and larger, Ivy Loos-Austin and Brian Baylor. By the end of the show, the small, hand-held plant took over the majority of the stage, and the duo was still able to keep us in suspense on what it was going to do next.

In addition to all this musical talent already mentioned, the trio that kept the storyline moving and the audience entertained with their doo-wop skills were Alexandria Bates, Michael Rawls and Kayla Johnson. Their engaging performances of Crystal, Rennette and Chiffon – along with their many costume changes – left the audience wanting more.  

Overall, this group of talented performers brought not only stellar acting, but strong musical talent to the stage. In combination with gorgeous set decoration, “Little Shop of Horrors” is the horror, comedic, sci-fi musical you’ve been waiting for.

Be advised, though, the play is rated PG-13, and for good reason. While entertaining, it does feature a somewhat scary plant that eats people, a dentist that has a violent streak and the deaths of some characters.

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be playing at the Creede Repertory Theatre through Aug.24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information, go online to


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