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Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Direction by George Brock
Musical Direction by Jack Beetle

April 11-12, 8:00 p.m.
April 13, 3:00 p.m.
April 17-19, 8:00 p.m.
Hamman Hall  

“Depression is just status quo” for the residents of Skid Row, until flower shop clerk Seymour Krelborn discovers a strange and unusual plant of unknown origin. Written by the award-winning team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), this rock musical is a classic deal-with-the-devil tale with a horrifically horticultural twist. 

George Brock is the guest director of Little Shop of Horrors. Currently the director and Coordinator of the Tommy-Tune Award winning Theatre Program at Episcopal High School, Brock is also the Founding Artistic Director of Generations: A Theatre Company. Generation’s most recent production, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, won 10 BroadwayWorld.com Houston Awards, including Best Director for Brock. Brock is reunited in Little Shop with his Generations counterpart, music director Jack Beetle. Beetle, who received a Master of Music from Moores Opera School at the University of Houston, has worked on many productions around Houston as a music director, including work with Generations and Stages Repertory Theatre. An active voice teacher, Beetle maintains a studio in West Houston. 

Little Shop of Horrors is a collaboration between the Rice Theatre Program, and the Rice Players. Mark Krouskop, Lecturer and Production Manager of the Rice Theatre Program, who recently designed the magical set for Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be designing the set along with Rice Theatre student Jake LaViola. 


Actors London StageAs You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Actors from the London Stage

February 20, 21, and 22, 7:30 p.m.
Hamman Hall

The Actors From The London Stage, an international touring theater troupe based in London and the University of Notre Dame in the U.S., will be in residency at Rice University February 18-22.

“All the world’s a stage…” Shakespeare’s oft-quoted comedy is coming to Rice. As You Like It delights audiences with wrestling, mistaken identities, cross-dressing, four marriages, and a happy ending, all set in an enchanting forest.

The Actors From the London Stage is an educational program developed by Homer Swander at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and founded by Patrick Stewart, is now in its 35th year touring approximately sixteen to twenty universities giving communities, students, and faculty the opportunity to experience a dynamic and enriching performing arts program. 
 
The Actors From the London Stage performers hail from such prestigious theatre companies as the Royal Shakespeare company, The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, as well as working in film and the BBC. An acting tour-de-force, all roles will be played by five veterans of classical theatre - Jennifer Higham, Joannah Tincey, Dan Winter, Robert Mountford, and Patrick Miller.

The troupe's residency is being underwritten by the Alan and Shirley Grob Endowment for Shakespeare and the Grob Fund for Shakespeare in Performance, with additional support from the Rice University School of Humanities, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, and the Rice University English Department.   



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