April 7, 2016 4:04 PM

Millikin University's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage a rendition of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" April 14-17 at Albert Taylor Theatre in Shilling Hall.

Based on the 1960s cult horror film, this campy little pop-rock musical has been charming audiences for 30 years. The clever musical was written by the writers of Disney classics "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." The Millikin performance is directed by Kevin Long, artist in residence.

The Millikin cast finds a deeper meaning behind the story of a giant plant and the florist caring for it. "For me, that is finding the balance between greed and desire, and what happens when your dreams hang in the balance," said Kristin Brintnall, a senior musical theatre major from Wheaton, Ill.

The story follows Audrey and Seymour, a florist in a flower shop with no business. He buys a small but interesting plant. It is like no other botanical species and becomes a novelty, attracting business.

The cast is accompanied by a four-piece band which is part of the stage set.

Director Kevin Long is encouraging the actors to add their own ideas to the production. "I want them to bring themselves to the stage," Long said.

Click here to read more about the performance in an article from the Herald & Review.

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