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Behind the Scenes: Olney Theatre Center’s Little Shop of Horrors

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A nerdy florist falls in love with a beautiful woman. It sounds like the typical romantic comedy…except for the part when a man-eating plant from outer space falls from the sky and changes everything.

But such is life in the grubby downtown district in Little Shop of Horrors. You might have seen the 1986 movie with Rick Moranis. But did you know that movie was based on an Off-Broadway musical written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, which was based on a film of the same name released in 1960, which was actually one of Jack Nicholson’s first major motion pictures? (Yes, I hear your brains exploding.)

Since then, Little Shop of Horrors has seen a variety of reincarnations, from an animated cartoon series for kids to various revivals. Luckily, Seymour, Audrey and the charming yet dangerous Audrey II have come to Montgomery County and have rested on Olney Theatre Center’s stage. Hear from Martin Platt, Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director , on what he thinks the most interesting things about this production are:

As Martin mentioned, the Audrey II puppets in this production of Little Shop of Horrors are pretty spectacular. For a closer look, watch this interview with Renee Yancey, Little Shop of Horrors’ Production Stage Manager:

And if you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside of Audrey II’s head, you’re in luck! We’ve scored you a backstage look with Eric Brooks, one of Little Shop’s puppeteers:

Don’t miss Little Shop of Horrors at Olney Theatre Center in Olney, MD, showing now through September 9. Ages 10+. For more information, click here.

Clowns, pratfalls and a musical saw!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Round House Theatre’s Over The Line Festival has something for everyone, including families! Happenstance Theatre is back with two productions: Pinot & Augustine and on the nOse.

The first is a family-friendly, 45-minute crowd pleaser inspired by the golden age of Circus. Pinot is the talented, authoritarian clown in fancy clothes; Augustine is the less skilled, red-nosed bumbler who just wants to have fun. Watch the two clash and collaborate in this show filled with physical comedy and musical surprises!

One of the musical surprises is when Pinot (Mark Jaster) plays a saw. Yes: he plays a saw. Watch the video below for a quick preview of the show, including a rendition of “Summertime” on saw!

The second show, on the nOse, is a multimedia show about clown that’s sure to shred your assumptions about clowns into a bucket of confetti! Watch the video below for a preview from Sabrina Mandell.

Pinot & Augustine and on the nOse are presented as part of Round House Theatre’s Over The Line Festival, a three-week festival of music, dance and theatre performances in Silver Spring from July 12-29, 2012. Join in on the fun!

DOandGO.org’s Behind the Scenes offers you a titillating tidbit about upcoming events in Montgomery County. Visit DOandGO.org for information about cultural events!

Over the Line Festival: Church

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Forum Theatre is bringing some Church to the Round House Theatre’s Over The Line Festival! Written by acclaimed playwright Young Jean Lee, this play will be sure to challenge the beliefs and assumptions held by believers and non-believers alike.

Watch the video below to hear from Michael Dove, Forum Theatre’s Artist Director, about the play and about the song “Bread” by On!Air!Library!:

Church is presented as part of Round House Theatre’s Over The Line Festival, a three-week festival of music, dance and theatre performances in Silver Spring from July 12-29, 2012.

DOandGO.org’s Behind the Scenes offers you a titillating tidbit about upcoming events in Montgomery County. Visit DOandGO.org for information about cultural events!

Holiday Fun: The Nutcracker at the Puppet Co.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Blogger: Erin Gifford, Director of Communications and Development at the Puppet Co.

Well, it’s that time of year again. There’s shopping to be done, parties to attend, and shows to be seen. You’re probably going to see one of the many productions of “The Nutcracker” by a ballet company in the D.C. metropolitan area. And although the music is quite beautiful and really gets you in the holiday spirit, it’s probably not Dad’s favorite time of the year to go to the theater. Sitting through a two-and-a-half ballet is not his idea of a good time. It’s not too much fun for the kids either.

But wait – the Puppet Co. is here to save the day! We have a version of this infamous holiday production that Dad and the kids will definitely enjoy. It’s a puppet version that is only 50 minutes long, featuring marionettes and larger-than-life costume characters. All your favorite Tchaikovsky tunes are there, accompanying Clara-Marie and Fritz as they play with the toys given to them from Godpapa; as the Nutcracker and his toy soldiers fight off the Mouse King and his minions; and as Clara-Marie and the Nutcracker venture to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy to watch a dancing donkey, a glittering dragon and of course, waltzing flowers!

The Nutcracker and his toy soldiers battle the Mouse King and his minions in the Puppet Co.’s “The Nutcracker." Photo credit: Christopher Piper.

Now, Dad, you are probably thinking, “Puppets?! Puppets are for kids.” Yes, this is a production for children. But this show brings out grandparents and even young couples on dates! It’s such a magical experience with lots of special effects that we promise to “wow” moms, dads, grandparents, teens and kids alike. You will walk away knowing the story of “The Nutcracker” better than you ever have before. And you will even come back year after year, as many of our patrons do. Even after the kids are all grown up.

So come on down, Dad. It is a truly a treat for the WHOLE family.