WCT redefines mean and green in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Photo by Sue Suchyta Wyandotte Community Theatre presents “Little Shop of Horrors” with Brad Hardecki (left) of Lincoln Park as Seymour and Austin Sulkey of Southgate as Audrey. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7 at the James R. DeSanta Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut St. in Wyandotte. For tickets or more information call 734-775-9635 or go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Wyandotte Community Theatre presents “Little Shop of Horrors” with Brad Hardecki (left) of Lincoln Park as Seymour and Austin Sulkey of Southgate as Audrey. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7 at the James R. DeSanta Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut St. in Wyandotte. For tickets or more information call 734-775-9635 or go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

By SUE SUCHYTA

Mean and green takes a new form as a malicious alien plant with a taste for blood takes root in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Wyandotte Community Theatre’s spring musical.

The show, composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman, runs 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7 at James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture, 81 Chestnut St. in Wyandotte.

Tammy Trudell of Wyandotte directs the show, with Southgate residents Zachary Morgan as choreographer and Tamara Marla as musical director.

Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. To order, call 734-775-9635 or go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

Seymour, a nerdish orphan, samples success for the first time when his carnivorous flytrap attracts customers and cash to Skid Row’s florist shop. When Seymour can’t squeeze enough of his own blood for the greedy green, he looks elsewhere for plant food, including the sadistic dentist who abuses the love of his life, Audrey, a blonde with low self-esteem and a sullied reputation.

Favorite songs include, “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour.”

The cast includes Brad Hardecki of Lincoln Park as Seymour, Austin Sulkey of Southgate as Audrey, Tony Primeau of Lincoln Park as Mushnik and Dalton Pittman-Cahill of Westland as Orin.

David Thompson of Brownstown Township provides the voice of Audrey II, the plant, with Andrea Vanderhorst of Trenton as Ronnette, Abby Hill-Kennedy of Monroe as Crystal and Kelly White of Wyandotte as Chiffon.

The ensemble includes Elaine Lukawski of Lincoln Park, Joshua Smith of Southgate, Amanda Johnson of Trenton and Tammy Trudell of Wyandotte.

Morgan said the way WCT does theater in the round gives audiences a brand new perspective on the play.

He said he’s had fun choreographing the urchin trio of Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette.

“They’re in everything,” Morgan said. “They’re awesome to work with.”

Thompson said he is having fun developing the character of the plant, Audrey II.

“He’s a huge jerk,” Thompson said. “He’s a sociopath because he doesn’t care about anyone.”

Pittman-Cahill, who also enjoys playing villains, said he has always wanted to play the sadistic dentist.

“I’ve had a love for this musical for many, many years, and I’ve always wanted to play this role in particular,” he said, “and when I found out Wyandotte was doing it, I was like, ‘Whoa! That’s totally worth the 45-minute drive.’”

Sulkey said Audrey is different from any character she has played before.

“She’s bubbly, but at the same time she’s had a hard past,” she said. “It is kind of fun to tap into that. And being a brunette, I’ve found out that blondes do have more fun.”

Hardecki said Seymour has been his dream role since he started doing musical theater.

“I watched the movie, I saw the play a zillion times, and I always wanted to play this role,” he said, “and it was a dream come true to receive it.”

He said he has had fun playing his scenes with the sadistic dentist, Orin.

Hardecki said WCT has an amazing Audrey II plant that they are renting from out of state.

“It is Broadway quality,” he said. “It is fantastic. It is huge, too.”

He said he’s looking forward to singing “Feed Me” with Audrey II, the puppet that comes to life.

Hardecki said the show has a lot of heart.

“It tells a really tragic story,” he said. “It’s Romeo and Juliet, but with a giant plant that eats people, so it’s a completely different spin on the story.”

He said the show sends the message that we should appreciate what we have in the here and now.

“When you think you have it all, things tend to fall apart,” he said. “Greed is the downfall of every single character, and the end proves that.”

CRESTWOOD PRESENTS ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’

Dive into romance with Crestwood High School’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. April 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

Tickets are $10, with a $1 discount for seniors and students.

For more information, to to showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php.

HENRY FORD COLLEGE PRESENTS ‘THE DIVINERS’

Henry Ford College presents Jim Lenard Jr’s. “The Diviners” in Adray Auditorium in the Mackenzie Fine Arts Center on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen in Dearborn.

The show runs at 8 p.m. April 14 to 16, 21 to 23, and 2 p.m. April 17 and 24.

Tickets are $15, and available online at theatre.hfcc.edu.

Mary Bremer-Beer directs the show, which contains mature themes, and is not recommended for children under 16.

DEARBORN’S NICK GOTTRON IN ‘OKLAHOMA!’ AT THE BONSTELLE

Wayne State University presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at 8 p.m. April 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2 p.m. April 17 and 24, and 10 a.m. April 21 at the Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward in Detroit.

Dearborn resident Nick Gottron plays the featured role of Dream Curly in the ballet sequence.

Directed by Blair Anderson, with choreography by Meg Paul, the audience-pleasing show features favorite songs, contagious energy and gravity-defying choreography.

For tickets, call 313-577-2960 or go to wsushows.com.

3 DEARBORN CHILDREN IN MOT CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF ‘THE MIKADO’

Dearborn residents Piper Teasdale, Benjamin Ward and Liam Zafarana will perform in the children’s chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” at 2:30 p.m. April 30 with the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway in Detroit.

For tickets, call 313-237-7464 or go to MichiganOpera.org.

DOG MEETS GOD AUDITIONS AT OUTVISIBLE THEATRE COMPANY

The Outvisible Theatre Company holds auditions for Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of Teenage Blockhead” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. April 17 at the theater, 18614 Ecorse Road in Allen Park. Audition slots are scheduled at 5 minute intervals.

For more information, go to outvisibletheatre.com/auditions.

Callbacks are April 18 at 7 p.m. Performances are 8 p.m. June 17, 18, 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. June 26. Adriane Galea directs the show, which is intended for mature audiences.