Local Theater Spotlight: BMA’s Little Shop of Horrors

Local theater group Broadway Method Academy has been putting on fantastic performances since it’s start in 2014, and their most recent production has only continued this trend. This past weekend, they took on the show Little Shop of Horrors, a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman in which Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange, flesh-eating plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop.

With six performances and two different casts, this show was nothing short of beautiful. The teen cast was made up of 10 performers from across Fairfield County and was astonishing, from the three Muses (Bridgeport Junior Chynna Molina, Bethel Junior Madison Lemone, and Trumbull Freshman Paris Looney), who stunned audiences with their massive pipes and tight harmonies, to Seymore (Wilton Senior David Littlefield) and Audrey (SCSU Junior Natalie Biebel), who both encompassed the characters they portrayed.

And there was no shortage of Fairfield natives representing both Warde and Ludlowe: FWHS Senior Olivia Diaz was the Assistant Director under BMA Cofounder Connor Deane, FHWS Sophomore Colleen McCurley was the Assistant Choreographer under Broadway actor Jordan De Leon, and FLHS Junior Amber Schaper played the voice of Audrey II.

Other cast members included Bridgeport Junior Matthew Paula as Orin, Trumbull Junior Dante DiFederico as Mushnik, and Trumbull Junior Austin James Cleri and Redding Sophomore Kevin Keating, doing both the puppetry for Audrey II and bouncing between ensemble characters.

In addition to the talent of the cast, the show itself was gorgeous, from thethe set design to the set-dressing to the spectacular lighting design by Weston G. Wetzel to wigs and costumes organized by Colleen Fitzsimons. Each aspect of the show served it’s purpose and immersed the audience into the world of the play, quite a feat in the small performance space of the Wien Experimental Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts.

Broadway Method Academy lived up to it’s mission with this show. Their goal is to connect the stars of today with the stars of tomorrow through master classes in voice, acting, and dance as well as performances alongside professionals. Please go online to learn more details about their classes and upcoming performances! If their shows continue at this caliber, they’re not to be missed!

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