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Skaneateles Summer Theatre to perform “Little Shop of Horrors”

— Skaneateles Summer Theatre has announced its summer musical will be “Little Shop of Horrors” — the rockin’ musical comedy based on the low-budget cult film by Roger Corman.

The show will take place three consecutive nights at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2, 3 and 4 at Skaneateles High School. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4.

In “Little Shop of Horrors,” a down-and out skid row floral assistant named Seymour (Daniel Kringer) becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" (voiced by Steven Condie) grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

Seymour’s love-interest and the namesake of the plant, Audrey (Caitlin Kopher) works in the flower shop owned by the failure-of-a-skid-row-florist, Mr. Mushnik (Kevin Shumway). The cast is rounded out by a drug-addicted, evil dentist (Jeffrey Kringer) and the harmony-belting trio (Allie Hagen, Katie Marcinko, Gabriella Whiting). Other skid row inhabitants include Seth Kennedy, Katherine Krebs and Alex Spear.

In its 15th year of operation, Skaneateles Summer Theatre is a community-based theater troupe drawing its cast and crew from talented individuals throughout the region. Skaneateles Summer Theatre strives to raise the quality of life in the local community by providing top quality, affordable musical theater performances for all ages. The group also offers youth camps for children from Kindergarten through high school in an effort to foster an early love for drama.

The theater group is self-funded through ticket sales and supportive patrons. This year SST is proud to announce two new directors, Josh Wilmot and Meg Clary. Both are alumni of Skaneateles High School and have been involved in SST for many years. Mickey and Janet Kringer, two of SST’s founders, will produce.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at showtix4u.com. Call 685-5074 if you need assistance.

While Little Shop is a fun comedy, it has adult themes and language. Parental guidance is advised.

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