Lubbock Community Theater closes season with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Sweet floral wizard Seymour Krelborn stumbles upon a new breed of plants he names Audrey II – after his colleague’s crush.

This R&B-singing, foul-mouthed carnivore promises the Seymour endless fame and fortune, as long as he continues to feed him – BLOOD. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extraterrestrial origins and her intention to dominate the world.

Lubbock Community Theater opened its final production of the 2021-22 season this weekend with “Little Shop of Horrors.” Production continues at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, with a special understudy performance scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 . All performances will be held at LCT, 3101 35th St.

A Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has been devouring the hearts of theatergoers for 40 years.

The production is based on the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken.

It is directed by Dea Young-Smith and choreographed by Liberty DeLeon.

Tickets are $25 (plus taxes and fees) for adults and $20 (plus taxes and fees) for students, seniors and students (with valid ID).

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lubbockcommunitytheatre.org

Meet the cast

Zechariah Judah plays Seymour Krelborne, a shy florist who dreams of winning the heart of a certain young woman and getting out of Skid Row. Poor Seymour doesn’t have much hope of realizing those dreams until one day, during an unexpected eclipse, he finds a most bizarre and unusual plant.

Zechariah Judah

Zachary graduated from the University of North Texas with his Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance. This is his second time playing Skid Row’s sweet botanist Seymour (Denton Community Theatre), and other previous roles include Rick Steadman (“The Nerd”, South Plains College), Jesus (“Jesus Christ Superstar” , Brookhaven College) and Munkustrap (“Cats”, Denton Community Theatre). After taking a three-year hiatus from performing, he hopes to continue his professional acting career while starting a new path in teaching/directing.

Hannah Oaks plays Audrey, a warm and kind employee at Mushnik’s Skid Row florist. She dreams of escaping a dark future on Skid Row (and the clutches of her sadistic and cruel boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, DDS).

Hannah Oaks

“Little Shop of Horrors” is Hannah’s first show with LCT (though she did appear on the first LCT LIVE-ish in the summer of 2020). She enjoyed playing roles such as Jovie in ‘Elf the Musical’, Anna in ‘Frozen Jr.’, Anna Maria in ‘Godspell’, Elizabeth in ‘Defying Gravity’ and Polly Stokes in ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’.

She is graduating from Lubbock High School in 2021 and will be attending The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York this fall to pursue her acting career. She is very excited to be part of a show she has loved for a long time and would like to thank everyone for coming to see the show!

EB Pentecost plays Mushnik, owner of Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist. It’s true that Mushnik saved a young Seymour Krelborne from an orphan life on the streets, but his frustration with his failing business often leads him to treat Seymour with cruelty. But everything changes when his sweet employee brings in a strange and interesting plant unlike any he’s ever seen before.

EB Pentecost

EB is an acting teacher at the Frenship Ninth Grade Center and high school and has lived in Lubbock for five years with his lovely, patient wife, Rene, and their crazy, cute daughter Tylee. EB has performed in many educational, community and regional theaters, most recently in LCT’s production of “A Christmas Story”. Some of his favorite roles include Tom from “The Glass Menagerie”, Mitch from “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Jaques from “As You Like It” and Durdles from “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Directing credits include “Medea”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Insanity of Mary Girard”, “Doc’s Place”, “The Jungle Book”, and “The Good Doctor”.

Dylan Before plays Audrey II, this strange and interesting plant, a real evil and green mother from outer space with a taste for… meat… and plans for this little world of ours.

Dylan Before

Dylan holds a double major in theater and psychology and graduated this semester with his theater arts associates. This is his third show with LCT and he is thrilled to play Audrey II. Some of his past roles include Professor Plum in ‘Clue’, Emmet in ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’, Buddy in ‘Elf Jr.’, Christopher Columbus in ‘The Ancient Mariner’, Macduff in ‘Macbeth’ and more. Dylan also had an active role in Lubbock’s “Nightmare on 19th Street” for nine years. Special thanks to my friends, family and mentors for the support and wisdom.

Jake Medina plays Orin Scrivello, DDS, the sadistic, nitrous oxide-addicted dentist with a knack for causing pain, and also Audrey’s selfish, addictive boyfriend. If only someone could take care of this jerk.

Jake Medina

Jake is originally from Lubbock and graduated from Texas Tech. Before lockdown, longtime viewers might recognize him from a production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with LCT or “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Will of the Wind.

Liberty DeLeon not only plays Crystal, one of the kids who acts as the Greek chorus for the show, but is also the lead choreographer for this production.

Liberty De Leon

Liberty is a professor of musical theater at the Hub Performing Arts School as well as a choreographer at the Lubbock Community Theatre. She was born in Alice, grew up in Lubbock and studied business at South Plains College.

Stage credits include “Sister Act” (Deloris), “Cinderella” (Grace/choreographer), “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Columbia) and “Pipeline” (Jasmine) all of which were performed in Lubbock. Many thanks and love to the Lubbock Community Theater for being such a safe place and home for artists!

Laura J. Boyer