Hangar Theatre Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Now thru 7/26

Hangar Theatre Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Now thru 7/26

Continuing its 40th Mainstage Season, the Hangar Theatre's artistic director Jen Waldman will direct, Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, today, July 10 until July 26, 2014. This hilarious musical, based off of the 1960 movie, is cosmic fun for the whole family. With toe tapping tunes and a carnivorous alien planet, this show is sure to entertain. Join the cast, crew, and Hangar staff on opening night, Friday, July 11 at 8pm at the Hangar Theatre, as they continue to celebrate their 40th Anniversary of the Mainstage Season. The Hangar Theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 near Cass Park.

Ithaca College alum, Steve Pacek, returns to the Hangar stage as Seymore Krelborn, store clerk at Mr. Mushnick's (David Studwell) flower shop on Skid Row. Seymour finds new found fame and fortune after discovering a plant that is out of this world. The plant, Audrey II, is named after Seymour's crush and co-worker Audrey (Isabel Santiago). While the plant brings new opportunities to Seymore and the flower shop, it does not come without cost. Throughout the show, the plant will be played by series of puppets that start out as a small seedling, and progresses into a monstrous creature that is poised for global domination. The show is brought to life with the help of Stephanie Card, Assistant Choreographer and Associate Director Scott Hitz who is doubling as a puppeteer mentor.

Take your theatrical experience to the next level. Take advantage of free programming before and after our Mainstage performances including our post-show Tuesday Talkbacks, Dramatic Dialogues (before the Sunday matinee) and new this year, join us 45 minutes before each performance for a preshow discussion as part of our Prologue Series.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at www.HangarTheatre.org, by phone at (607) 273-ARTS (2787), or in person Hangar Theatre Box Office at the theatre (Mon-Sat between 11am and 2pm) (Tues-Sat between 5pm and 7pm) or one hour before curtain time. The recently renovated theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850.

The Hangar Theatre is committed to making theatre accessible to the entire community though its Pay What You Can (PWYC) program. Patrons may pay what they can afford to see a show at the first Saturday matinee performance of each Mainstage production and the Saturday noon performances of the KIDDSTUFF series. A limited number of tickets are available for PWYC thanks to the generosity of our Mainstage PWYC sponsor Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP and our KIDDSTUFF PWYC sponsor Ithaca Bakery.

Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2014 Partner in Flight sponsorship from CFCU Community Credit Union and Cayuga Radio Group. Premier sponsorship for Little Shop of Horrors is provided by Tompkins Trust Company, and Associate Sponsorship is provided by Ithaca Times and Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca. The Hangar Theatreis dedicated to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong educational and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities. Visit our website at www.HangarTheatre.org

BIOGRAPHIES

Steve Pacek hails from Philadelphia and he was last seen at the Hangar in 2007 in Beauty and the Beast, and before that in 2000 in Dames at Sea. He has appeared on television, off-broadway, on tour and numerous regional stages. He is a co-founder of 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia and a company member of Breaking Bread Theatre in NYC. Proud alum of Ithaca College and member of Actors' Equity. This summer, Steve is also a mentor for the Lab Company here at the Hangar. Be sure to check them out in the KIDDSTUFF and Wedge performances!

Isabel Santiago is currently working on Michael John LaChiusa's new musical at the Public Theater with Sundance titled First Daughter Sutie (Anita) and Tectonic Theater Project's Bizet's Carmen (Micaela). Off Broadway: Giant (Petra) and Kissing Che (Nurse) both at The Public Theater. First National Tour: In the Heights (Daniela). Regional: World Premiere of Giant at The Signature Theater, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Cassandra) at Flat Rock Playhouse, Show Boat (Julie) at Gateway Playhouse, West Side Story (Maria), and Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown) at RCO. Select New York credits: If/Then (Cathy), Cuba Libre (Perla Negra) at INTAR Theater, and All Her Faces (Isabel) at LaMaMa. National TV: A Gifted Man, So You Think You Can Dance, Lopez Tonight. Select opera credits: Le Nozze Di Figaro (Susannah), Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tytania u/s), and The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella) all with Philadelphia Opera Company. Select concert credits: Mozart's Requiem (Soprano Soloist) at Carnegie Hall with Philadelphia Opera Company, Arias at Carnegie Hall (Carlisle Floyd's Susannah), A Night of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Christine in Phantom) with The Civic Opera. Big Thanks to Jen Waldman and the Hangar Theatre. Te amo Bebeh!

David Studwell is delighted to be back at the Hangar this summer. His previous appearances here include Mark Rothko in Red, Herbie in Gypsy, Isidor Straus in Titanic, and JP Morgan/ Grandfather in Ragtime. Other credits include Off Broadway: Encores -Applause! staring Tony award winning actress Christine Ebersol. Regional Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye 2014 Drammy Award), Portland Center Stage, Pillowman (Topolski) Cornell University guest artist, Little Women (Professor Bahr) Syracuse Stage, The Fantasticks (El Gallo) Indiana Repertory, Falsettos (Mendel) The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; As You Like It (Oliver), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), Pal Joey (Joey) The Goodman Theatre; Chess (Anatoly), South Pacific (Emile) The Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre, Chicago; Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) PCPA Theatrefest, Santa Maria, CA. Film: Dave Barry's Guide to Guys TV: NBC The War Crime Story. Awards/Honors: Four Joseph Jefferson nominations, Chicago; two Indy Awards, Santa Barbara; Irene Ryan Award - national winner. BFA -SUNY Fredonia; MFA - Purdue University. A proud member of Actor's Equity Association for twenty eight years.

Bruce Warren is ecstatic to be returning to the Hangar Theatre after performing in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat back in 2001. An Ithaca College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Bruce has toured across North America with The Wizard of Oz, Cats (25th Anniversary), and Oklahoma! (First National). Off-Broadway: The Road to Qatar! (Farid/Claudio). Select Regional: Tom Jones (Blifil/Susan), Spamalot (Sir Robin), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée), The Producers (Franz Liepkind), Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Anything Goes (Moonface Martin), Man of La Mancha (Pedro). www.BruceWarrenOnline.com

Jennifer Theriot grew up in Maryland and made the big move to NYC to study musical theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, some of her credits include the national tour of Curious George Live, Disney Cruise lines, and Xanadu. Jennifer is truly excited to be a part of this cast and has always wanted to do this show. "I absolutely love to bring the audience into a different world for that hour or so. Watching them from the stage leave whatever worries or stresses from everyday life outside of the theatre and come in to enjoy a show, that's what feeds my love for my art."

Anissa Felix is thrilled to be making her Hangar Theatre debut. Her NY theatre credits include The Capitol Plays (Lone Star Theatre Co.) and Pieces (Violet Productions). She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. She sends love to the Felix-Rodriguez-Jack-Patten Clan. Thank you Tim Krol and Jen Waldman for taking this chance on me.

Brinie Wallace is ecstatic and honored to be making her Hangar Theatre debut! She most recently performed the role of Serena in Legally Blonde at Pittsburgh CLO and participated in the reading/workshop of the Broadway revival of The Me Nobody Knows, working with people such as Stafford Arima, Bryan Perri, and Taye Diggs, in NYC. She'd like to give a special thank you to Jen Waldman, the Tombros, Beverly Patton, her family, and God for giving her endless opportunities to do what she loves.

David Colston Corris is making his Hangar Theatre debut and has been starving for his chance to devour this role! He is more than happy to be back on land and back onstage as he was last seen sliming families at sea as the host of Nickelodeon shows for NCL. National tours include Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean (Dorsel), and Curious George Live! (Freddy/Sakamoto). Regional, etc: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson(Andrew Jackson), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), Urinetown: The Musical (Tiny Tom), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]. TV: Tosh.0. David recently spent a year teaching puppetry for shows and workshops at Walt Disney World including Finding Nemo: The Musical and The Voyage of the Little Mermaid. David attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts for Musical Theater. www.davidcolstoncorris.com

Erin Maya is thrilled to make her Hangar Theatre debut as the voice of the man-eating plant Audrey II! Past credits: Helen/Vinnie in the Boston original cast of The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre), Kristin in Wearing Black (New York Musical Theatre Festival '13), Lupe/Ensemble in Zapata! The Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival '12), Mareli in Amigo Duende (world premiere SALGADO PRODUCTIONS), and Maureen in Rent (Boston Conservatory). She earned a BFA from Boston Conservatory. Erin is a proud member of Jen Waldman Studio and R.Evolucion Latina. Many, many thanks to Jen and Jasper for this incredible opportunity. www.erinmaya.com

Pictured: Seymore (Steve Pacek) and Audrey (Isabel Santiago) rehearse with Music Director Jasper Grant.

Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson

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