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Spring musical showcases students' talents

Posted: Feb 07, 2013

Olivet’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” blends music and imagination in this charming, tuneful, creepy and hilarious musical. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this musical never fails to entertain. Show times are Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.; Friday, February 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 23, 2 and 7 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center.

Telling the story of a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant, this musical is a spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies. When the plant grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore named Audrey II, it offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Finally, the plant reveals itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors” features a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken of Disney fame.

Starring in Olivet’s production are:
Taihla Eddins (Bloomington, Ill.), a sophomore majoring in criminal justice and psychology, as Ronette
Alyssa Norden (Kankakee, Ill.), a senior majoring in music education and vocal performance major, as Crystal
Ashley Sarver (Urbana, Ohio), a sophomore majoring in journalism, as Chiffon
Seth Lowery (Kankakee, Ill.), a junior majoring in music performance, as Mushnik
Lillian Guenseth (Galesburg, Ill.), a junior majoring in vocal performance, as Audrey
Ben Geeding (Manteno, Ill.), a junior majoring in music ministry, as Seymour Krelborn
Nicholas Allen (Kankakee, Ill.), a sophomore majoring in multimedia studies, as Audrey II
Wesley Taylor (Kankakee, Ill.), a senior majoring in marketing, as the voice of Audrey II
Mark Bishop, communication professor and ABC Chicago’s weekend weather forecaster, also performs in a variety of roles.

Directing the production are Jerry Cohagan, communication and theatre professor, assisted by Tessa Dattilo; Dr. Don Reddick, music department chair, as music director; Kay Welch, music professor, as vocal director; and Hannah Jacobson as choreographer.

This production is part of the ONU Presents Community Series, sponsored by Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers; Riverside HealthCare; Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes; Piggush-Simoneau, Inc.; and OAK Orthopedics.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 815-939-5110 or email