Central Campus Stages Comedy Classic ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


Rob Vanya/San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

San Jac students rehearse a scene from their upcoming musical which premieres Oct. 15. The cast includes (from left): Chad Promise (as Seymour); Laurenn Reynolds (as Audrey); and Nadia Molina (as Martin).

The San Jacinto College Central Campus Department of Theater and Film will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” beginning Oct. 15 in Slocomb Auditorium.

Theater professor Brian Hamlin is the director of San Jac’s production of the popular Broadway show.

The musical is based on the1960 black comedy film of the same name featuring a florist, Seymour, who raises a giant plant that feeds on human blood. After the plant’s lust for blood escalates, Seymour must confront the killer plant to save mankind.

The show features three doo-wop chorus members, Chiffon, Crystal, and Ronette, who narrate the story.

Stephanie Rivera, who plays Chiffon, said the show is enjoyable for everyone.

“There’s some suggestive humor but it’s a lot of fun. And you’ll definitely leave singing the songs even if you don’t know the words,” Rivera said.

Furthermore, she said she did a lot of musical groundwork before auditions and the cast list went up.

“I like to be really prepared. I’ve been listening to the musical since last year; since it got announced. And of course you have no idea what role you’re going to get. So personally, I just like to be prepared for anything,” Rivera added.

Fellow cast member Tatianna Cortez, who plays Crystal, said the role is vocally challenging.

“You have to rest, a lot. [You have to rest] your vocal cords more because you are singing mostly every single number,” Cortez said.

Meanwhile, Ronette, portrayed by Dayan Perez, said the musical offers “a really good story line. A lot of funny scenes. Some cher[ish]able moments related to relationships. It just has everything together.”

Ensemble cast member Tawny Williams said the show is a little bit of comedy, drama, and horror.

“There’s always something to watch on stage; always something going on,” Williams said.

Although the show has frequently been performed in past decades, Rivera articulated what makes this production different from others.

“You can create a completely different back story than anyone else who’s played that character, Rivera said. “And when it comes to the words, each actor takes their own personal influence and decides – which word, and which sentence, and which thought – carriers power.”

“We don’t want to bore the audience,” Perez added. “The finale is pretty funny. It’s such an entertainment.”

“Little Shop of Horrors” runs Oct. 15 to 19. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Advance tickets cost $13 and $15 at the door the day of the performance. Further information is available at the box office (281)476-1828.