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Ateneo Blue Repertory Presents Little Shop of Horrors

After the successful staging of Hair, Ateneo Blue Repertory is back for yet another show entitled Little Shop of Horrors.  Never saw the show before except that I heard it is already a classic.  Here is the official Press release from Blue Repertory.

In the old days it was all about selling your soul to the devil for fame and fortune. But ever heard of selling it to an evil, man-eating Venus Flytrap from outer space?

With all the pressures in a fast-paced world obsessed with money and beauty, it isn’t hard to imagine that anyone would do absolutely anything to fulfill their dreams – whether through hard work or Faustian deals. But with the allure of earning fast bucks and becoming overnight sensations, shady businesses have become a lot more common.

Even the honest-to-goodness nice guys aren’t immune to this kind of temptation, and Seymour Krelborn is one of them. He is the protagonist of Little Shop of Horrors, a black comedy musical satirizing old-school sci-fi movies and one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. This August 10, 2011, the Ateneo Blue Repertory presents Little Shop of Horrors as its 20th season’s premiere.

Since its beginnings in 1991, blueREP has delighted local audiences with shows that celebrate the artistry of the Filipino performer. blueREP has a diverse range of shows under its belt having staged musicals like Pippin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stages of Love, Bare: A Pop Opera, and Hair.

For our 20th season, our theme is man's inner struggle, and the clash between the beasts within us and our humanity,” says Ejay Yatco, blueREP’s Artistic Director. “Seymour, the lead character of the play, faces this struggle when he is offered everything he ever wanted but at a great cost. Little Shop of Horrors is the first of three plays this year that will move our audiences to ask the question ‘Who is the man? Who is the Beast?’

With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a miserable shopkeeper’s yearning for a better life and a chance at love, all encouraged by a devious plant who manipulates him into quenching its thirst for blood and world domination in exchange for his heart’s desires. Thus, he must choose between right and wrong, all for the sake of a bit of glory.

To be directed by Christopher De Venecia (All Shook Up, Freakshow), Little Shop of Horrors will soon open the curtains in August 10 until August 27 at the Fine Arts Theater, Ateneo de Manila University.  For tickets, call 09178908795 and look for Mica Fajardo.

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