Arts & Culture

'Little Shop of Horrors' to Open UK Theatre's 50th Season

"Little Shop of Horrors" poster

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2017) The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will return for its 50th anniversary season with a timely production for the weekend before Halloween, ''Little Shop of Horrors.'' The production is set to offer audiences a hauntingly good time Oct. 26- 29, at Guignol Theatre.

''Little Shop of Horrors,'' book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is a story about Seymour, a mild-mannered florist from Skid Row, improving his chances for personal and professional growth through a bloodthirsty plant from another planet. This is one horror, comedy, musical botanical mashup that will remind you to keep an eye on your houseplants.

UK Theatre's production will be directed by the Department of Theatre and Dance Chair Nancy Jones with musical direction from Tedrin Blair Lindsay, popular Lexington pianist and UK Opera Theatre vocal coach. The recommended age for audience members for "Little Shop of Horrors" is 12 and older due to references to domestic abuse and a few occasions of violence.

''Little Shop of Horrors'' will be presented 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 26-28, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29. Tickets for the production are $20 for general public and $15 for UK students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center for the Arts box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person at venue.

Discount rates for groups of 10 or more attendees will also be available this year for UK Theatre productions. Contact the Singletary Center box office for more information or visit in person. Group rates are not available online.

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years and is currently celebrating 50 years of offering theatre as an educational program of study. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 

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