Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre Takes the Stage Again with:

Little Shop of Horrors

Fort Lauderdale - The lights come up this spring with an exciting new production from Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) as they present Little Shop of Horrors!  Just off the huge success of Scrooge the Musical, the talent at FLCT changes gears, characters, and time periods to welcome some of America's most favorite characters, Seymour, Audrey, and of course, Audrey II, the alien plant determined to take over Earth.  Tyler Smith, the resident set designer for FLCT, who has done work for TV and film, is creating a 10-foot, larger-than-life plant, which you will have to see to believe!  Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre has outdone itself again with yet another extraordinary live theatre production.

It has been an exciting and demanding season for the actors of FLCT.  One of the theatre's goals is to expose their young students to a variety of acting styles allowing them to explore their own creativity in a nurturing environment.  Edwin Sutton, 17, the voice of Audrey II, commented, "It is very challenging taking on so many different roles, but I am gaining many acting techniques!"  The cast and crew of 30 students, ages 13-18, have been rehearsing for 8 weeks and are thrilled to be the first performance in Dillard Center for the Arts' Main Theatre.   Don't miss this opportunity to support the talent of tomorrow's Broadway stars and enjoy this classic show full of fun and frolic!  But whatever you do, don't feed the plants!

Little Shop of Horrors will run March 11-13, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm.  Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults, and $12 for children ages 12 and under.  Little Shop of Horrors is a full-scale production with some adult language and material and is recommended for ages 12 and up.  Tickets are available at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre Box Office by calling (954) 763-6701.

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, founded in 1952, was the first documented children's theatre in the state of Florida.  It remains one of the very few theatres whose performances use students as actors, assistant directors, backstage crew and technicians.  The theatre offers classes, productions, and community outreach programs for young people ages 3 - 18.  FLCT continues to provide the community and visitors to the area a source of enrichment and enjoyment in the cultural arts and to provide opportunities for young people to participate in classes, productions and creative dramatics exercises, regardless of economic, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds. 

Recent achievements include the prestigious City of Hope 2004 Business Woman of the Year Award presented to Janet Erlick, Executive Artistic Director.  Southeastern Theatre Conference Sara Spencer Child Drama Award for Excellence in Theatre for Youth in 2003, the 50th Anniversary Gala and Season in 2002, the Moretti Award for Cultural Achievement in 2001, The Small Business of the Year Award in 2000, and being named "Best Live Entertainment for Children" by South Florida Parenting Magazine five times.  Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is constantly recognized as the place where dreams take center stage. 

For more information on Little Shop of Horrors, classes, camp, outreach or other programming please contact Sara Gordon, Assistant Director, at (954) 763-6901.




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