Telluride Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

Telluride Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

Telluride Theatre presents its own unique slant on the classic sci-fi rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” live at the Palm Theatre Tuesday – Sunday, March 10–March 15.

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The show’s director Sasha Sullivan explains her unique spin on the production:

“Along with our incredible artistic team, we have re-imagined what this show is at its core, going back to its monster movie roots, truthful human connection and incredible music. This will be unlike any Little Shop you have ever seen.” 

Shaking it up, the audience will be on the stage with the performers at the Palm Theatre.

“This is a smaller musical, so we wanted to create a more intimate space between performers, musicians and the audience. The Palm Stage is so gorgeous, industrial, raw that it lends itself to the cityscape we wanted to create as Skid Row.”


“Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy horror rock musical with a sci fi overlay that became one of the most popular shows in the world. The story follows Seymour, a nerdy Skid Row florist assistant who dreams of escaping to a better life “Somewhere That’s Green” with his co-worker Audrey. Suddenly an alien plant makes all his dreams possible. Only the plant feeds on human flesh. So Seymour makes a deal with the devil…. errrr… plant to get what his “little heart desires.” And, then, the craziness escalates.

A satire of different pop phenomenon – science fiction, “B” movies, musical comedy, and the Faust legend – “Little Shop of Horrors” delights audiences with music composed in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop, and Motown.


Telluride Theatre didn’t have to look far for one of the centerpieces of the show, the man eating plant Audrey II, who is portrayed by several puppets during the musical – and the booming voice of long-time Telluride star Leo McNamara. A talented Denver puppeteer, Cory Gilstrap of Imagined Creations, builds and rents his own fleet of Audrey II plant puppets.

The puppets range from baby Audrey II to the big mama who is over 700 lbs!

“These puppets are incredible. The way they are built and their functionality gives me goose bumps every time I see them in action,” stated Sasha Sullivan. “Cory is a genius, and we are so excited to have his creations on our stage. Wait till the audience sees them up close and personal!”

“Little Shop of Horrors,” written by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken, is based on the low-budget 1960 dark comedy film by Roger Corman with a screenplay by Charles Griffith. The show put Howard Ashman and Alan Menken on the map, leading other great successes, including all of the songs for “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin.”

Tickets are $15 on Local’s Night, Tuesday, March 10; $25 for adults and $15 for students March 11-15.

“Little Shop of Horrors” plays 8 p.m. each night Tuesday-Saturday and closes out with a 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

To purchase tickets visit or call 970-708-3934

**Seating is limited since the audience is seated ON stage.**

 For more information contact Sasha at 970.708.3934

Telluride Theatre is dedicated to creating a thriving theatrical presence in the Telluride region by producing original company-driven professional work, culturally relevant community theater, and year-round education programs. We create theater that lives in moments of truthful human connection, promotes joyful celebration and is an open dialogue, accessible to all audiences.

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