Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

BroadwayWorld has an inside look at the Drury Lane's rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken, book by Howard Ashman, direction and choreography by Scott Calcagno, and music direction by Roberta Duchak. Little Shop of Horrors runs September 6 - October 28, 2018, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Check out the photos below!

The cast of Little Shop of Horrors is led by Kelly Felthous (Audrey), returning to Drury Lane after earning a Jeff Award nomination for her performance as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Will Lidke (Seymour Krelborn) who was last seen at Drury Lane in Saturday Night Fever. The production also features Melanie Brezill (Ronette), Candace C. Edwards(Crystal), Melanie Loren (Chiffon), Ron E. Rains (Mr. Mushnik), Lorenzo Rush Jr. (Voice of Audrey II), and Steven Strafford (Dr. Orin Scrivello D.D.S.). Audrey II will be brought to life by puppeteer Matthew P. Sitz.

The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Lynda Myers (Costume Design), Ryan O'Gara (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Cassy Schillo (Properties Design), Martin P. Robinson (Puppet Design), Claire Moores (Wig & Hair Design), and Sammi Grant (Dialect Coach).

This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious doo-wop songs and endearing characters. A down-on-his-luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Little Shop of Horrors is the winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.

Scott Calcagno (director) returns to Drury Lane, where he most recently directed Seussical the Musical last spring. Other Drury Lane credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and, for the last 10 seasons, A Christmas Carol. For Warner Bros and Rail Productions, Scott is the current director and writer of The Polar Express Train Ride, a live theatrical production aboard a moving Amtrak train out of Chicago's Union Station and New Orleans' Passenger Terminal and on the Whippany Express outside of NYC. Other credits include: Legally Blonde (Civic Theatre), Second City Divas (Mercury Theatre), Bye, Bye Birdie (Long Lake Theatre), and Unmasking What Matters, a one woman show for Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera actress Sandra Joseph. Scott is also the director for the youth acting program for Drury Lane, RegardingActors.com.

Kelly Felthous (Audrey) is returning to Drury Lane where she was last seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago, which earned her a Jeff Award nomination. Most recently, she starred as Sally Bowles in Paramount Theater's Cabaret! National Tours include: Wicked (Glinda, Nessarose u/s), Flashdance (Gloria), and Grease (Marty). New York credits include the original companies of Trip of Love (Caroline), Max and Ruby (Ruby), and Seussical (Mayzie). Other favorites are South Pacific (Nellie) at Asolo Rep; Rock of Ages (Regina) in the regional premiere at The Gateway Playhouse; Legally Blonde (Elle) at North Shore Music Theatre; Bring It On (Eva), originating the role at the ALLIANCE THEATRE; A Chorus Line (Val) at Maine State Music Theatre; Singin' in the Rain (Kathy) at North Shore Music Theatre; Gypsy (June) at Sacramento Music Circus; and Jane Eyre at La Jolla Playhouse. She is a graduate of NYU/CAP21.

Will Lidke (Seymour Krelborn) returns to Drury Lane where he previously appeared in Saturday Night Fever. Most recently he was seen as Monty in Griffin Theater's production of Violet. Other credits include: Ride The Cyclone and Tug of War: Foreign Fire at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes at Mercury Theater, and Bat Boy at Griffin Theater. On television, he appeared in Chicago Justice (NBC).

The performance schedule for all productions is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $40 for matinees. Dinner and show packages are also available. For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111 or TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Melanie Brezill (Ronnette), Melanie Loren (Chiffon), and Candace C. Edwards (Crystal)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Will Lidke (Seymour), Melanie Brezill (Ronnette), Candace C. Edwards (Crystal), Melanie Loren (Chiffon), and Conductor Chris Sargent

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Kelly Felthous (Audrey) and Ron E. Rains (Mushnik)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Kelly Felthous (Audrey) and Will Lidke (Seymour)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Director Scott Calcagno

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of The Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Steven Strafford (Orin) and Will Lidke (Seymour)

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