Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC's home and theater located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, the popular comic rock musical delivers an uproariously good time. With catchy, early Motown-inspired tunes and a wacky tale, Little Shop of Horrors follows a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation after discovering an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, R&B singing carnivore - ultimately revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. The hilarious Drama Critics Circle Award- and Drama Desk Award-winning rock horror musical is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time, becoming a cult film classic as well.

Area performers cast in featured roles include Madi Asgeirsson (Shirelle), Aaron Frongillo (Seymore Krelborn), Ali Funkhouser (Audrey), Nick Paone (Orin Scrivello), and Peter Wyner (Mr. Mushnik) of Franklin; Colie Vancura (Chiffon) of Medfield; Alan Mercer (Voice of Audrey II) of Medway; Katie Gray (Crystal) of Milford; and Jenna McDermott (Ronnette) of Wrentham.

Directed by Nick Paone, Little Shop of Horrors is presented as part of FPAC's 25th anniversary season. Raye Lynn Mercer co-directs, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370. Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


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