Arts & Humanities

The Plant is Back at the Caine Lyric Theatre

Utah State University’s Old Lyric Repertory Company revives this summer’s smash hit Little Shop of Horrors at the historic Caine Lyric Theatre Oct. 21.

Based on the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors follows the journey of Seymour Krelborn, a skid row florist, as he hits a streak of luck when he discovers a mysterious plant of enormous proportions that could be his ticket to fame and the affections of a woman he secretly loves — but at what price?

Little Shop of Horrors runs Oct. 21, 22 and 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 29, at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center Street, Logan.

Led by artistic director Dennis Hassan, the OLRC is a professional theater program based in the Department of Theatre Arts in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State.

“We are looking forward to the revival of Little Shop of Horrors after its success this past summer,” said Hassan. “While some of the cast has stayed the same, some actors have switched roles and others are joining us for the first time.”

Stefan Espinosa and W. Lee Daily reprise their roles as Seymour and Mr. Mushnik, while Felicia Stehmeier, a senior majoring in theater performance at USU, steps up to play Audrey.      

“It’s so exciting to be in the same show playing a new character,” said Stehmeier. “The music is wonderful, the set is amazing, the costumes are awesome and we have a really strong cast. The show also has a pretty dark sense of humor, which is perfect so close to Halloween.”

The Old Lyric Repertory Company season runs every summer from June to August with four different shows. The 2012 season starts in June with Lend Me a Tenor, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Steel Magnolias and Private Lives.

“It’s a great opportunity to have an Old Lyric Repertory Company show during the school year,” said Richie Call, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at USU, who plays Orin. “These shows are usually only enjoyed by Logan’s summer audiences, but now students will be able to attend.”

Tickets for Little Shop of Horrors are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors, youth, USU faculty, staff and students. Matinee tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, youth, USU faculty, staff and students. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, by calling 435-797-8022 or online.

Related links:

USU Theatre Arts Department

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Rachelle Nielson, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

Lee Daily and Stefan Espinosa from the OLRC production 'Little Shop of Horrors'

The revival of "Little Shop of Horrors" open Oct. 21 and continues Oct. 22 and 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 29. W. Lee Daily (left) and Stefan Espinosa reprise their roles as Mr. Mushnik and Seymour in the production.

Stefan Espinosa as Seymour from 'Little Shop of Horrors'

USU's Old Lyric Repertory Company’s summer production of "Little Shop of Horrors" has been revived for a limited run at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan. Stefan Espinosa reprises his role as Seymour.


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