UK theatre brings horror-comedy to Halloween weekend with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Jason Schroeder

Halloween weekend is slowly creeping up and there’s no better way to spend it than with UK Theatre at their 50th year celebration play, “Little Shop of Horrors.”

This horror-comedy musical classic follows main character, Seymour, as he unknowingly grows an alien plant that takes care of all of his problems, by eating them.

Nancy Jones, Department Chair of UK Theatre and Dance, is the director of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Jones started out as a professional choreographer and then moved onto directing in the mid-90s. She has a masters in fine arts in theatre directing, and she has directed pieces such as “The Dispute, “Molière’s Women” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Jones moved from New York to start working at UK in 1997.

“I love working at UK and living in Lexington; it’s such a supportive community for the arts,” Jones said.

“We are doing a very ‘traditional’ version of this show. It is a brilliantly witty and intelligent script that will absolutely leave the theatre humming,” Jones said.

With 14 members in the cast, four puppeteered plants and 24 days of rehearsal since Labor Day, “Little Shop of Horrors” has had a lot of care and consideration put into it. The hardest obstacle for Jones and her cast to overcome while working on the musical has been the plethora of technical details in the production, she said. 

 “The amount of time our cast and crew put into bringing a production to life would probably come as quite a surprise to most of our audience,” Jones shares.

Jones feels the musical so extremely fun wiith great music.

“It is a dark comedy, perfect for Halloween,” Jones said.

Little Shop of Horrorsis a great opportunity for those who don’t like bloody or heart racing horror to get into the Halloween spirit. The musical will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26-28 at the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for non-students.