About "Little Shop of Horrors"
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Michael Unger
Choreographed by Gerry McIntyre
(Original Broadway cast member, Once on this Island)
Previously produced at Skylight in 2003
Little Shop of Horrors is a worldwide phenomenon, devouring the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. In this disarmingly funny and quirky love story, our hapless hero journeys from obscurity to fame and fortune, unwittingly allowing an opportunistic plant to grow from innocent little ﬂytrap to unstoppable carnivorous force. With a tuneful score by creative geniuses Ashman & Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), the music blends pop, doo-wop, Broadway and Motown into uproarious and heartfelt songs.
Little Shop of Horrors Creative Team
Michael Unger (Director) joined Skylight as Artistic Director in 2019. Unger is also the Producing Artistic Director of NewArts in Newtown, CT, which he started with a local father in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. For NewArts, he has directed a dozen large-scale musicals involving over 650 local children. Most recently he was Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. Unger has directed multiple benefit concerts, including for Susan Stroman and Andre DeShields as well as for the Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL communities. Selected world premieres include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Caligula, and A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is featured in the award-winning documentary film, Midsummer in Newtown. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Deaf West, and The St. Louis MUNY.
David Bonofiglio (Music Director) holds a BFA in piano performance from Cardinal Stritch University. Selected credits as musical director: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma, Urinetown, and Pippin for Skylight Music Theatre; Little by Little, Scrooge in Rouge, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, and Jesus Christ Superstar for In Tandem Theatre; Sunday in the Park with George for Windfall Theatre. As assistant music director: A Christmas Carol for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. As cover piano/conductor: Once on This Island and La Cage Aux Folles for Skylight Music Theatre. As keyboardist and programmer: Powder Her Face, Les Misérables, In the Heights, Newsies and La Cage Aux Folles for Skylight Music Theatre.
Gerry McIntyre (Choreographer) won acclaim for his choreography of Berkshire Theatre Group's sellout production of Godspell. He is Associate Artistic Director of the York Theatre and made his directing debut at the York with Hallelujah Baby. Other credits include Kinky Boots (The Hangar Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lyric Theatre) and the National Tour of Dreamgirls. He is the choreographer of the hit-off Broadway show Spamilton. Other choreographer credits: Forbidden Broadway The Next Generation (York Theatre), Side by Side, Tommy and My Fair Lady (Berkshire Theatre Festival). As a performer he was in the original Broadway company of Once On this Island, Anything Goes with Patti Lupone, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond.
Little Shop of Horrors Cast
Gabriella Ashlin(Audrey II Manipulation) holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Recent acting credits include Sleeping Beauty in Disenchanted! and Frieda in Carrie: The Musical with Outskirts Theatre Company, Sebastian in The Tempest with Mad Rogues, understudying Dull Gret/Jeanine in Top Girls with Renaissance Theatreworks, and performing in Renaissance Theatreworks’s Br!nk Briefs. She regularly performs at Kohl’s Wild Theater.
Aaron Reese Boseman (Audrey II Voice) is a Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Boseman is co-founder/artistic director of Pulse Theatre Chicago. He has been nominated for multiple BTAA and Black Excellence awards and a Jeff Award. Acting credits: Benny in In The Heights at The Miracle Center, Shrek in Shrek at Windy City Performs, Flick in Violet at Loyola, Senator Lowell in Do Re Mi and Ronnie in Golden Boy at Porchlight Music Theatre, Jim u/s, in Big River at Theatre at the Center, Entertainer in Balm in Gilead at Griffin Theatre, and Coalhouse in Ragtime at The Drama Group.
Raven Dockery (Ronnette) previously appeared at Skylight as Ismene in The Gospel of Colonus, Lula Buffington in Violet, Velma in Crowns, Asaka in Once on this Island and Dionne in Hair. She was also in KidsWrites: Me, Myself and I and Cabaret Series: Raven and Ryan on Shuffle. Dockery has a Masters Degree in Music Vocal Pedagogy for Music Theatre Singing from Carthage College. She received her B.F.A. for Music Theatre Performance from UW-Milwaukee. Dockery has performed with First Stage, Milwaukee Rep and Black Arts MKE.
David Flores (Mushnik) has performed with many Milwaukee theater, music, and dance companies including Alchemist, Boulevard, Cornerstone, First Stage, In Tandem, Milwaukee Chamber, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Off The Wall, Optimist, Renaissance, Theater X, Theatre Gigante, Windfall, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance. Previous appearances at Skylight Music Theatre include Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady, Kevin Rosario in In the Heights, The Barber in Man of La Mancha, and Hives in Animal Crackers. Flores studied music and dance at Harvard University and is a long-time member of the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.
Seth K. Hale (Orin) makes his Skylight debut in Little Shop of Horrors. Some of his most recent roles in the Milwaukee area include Byron in Not Today with Forge Theater, Sholem Asch in Indecent with Music Theatre of Madison and Kenny in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Next Act.
Tasha McCoy (Chiffon) made her Skylight debut as Wanda in Crowns in 2016. She has performed on stages in Milwaukee theaters and venues as both an actress and vocalist. For over 20 years, her work in both theater and vocal performances have established her as a seasoned actor and working artist in Milwaukee's diverse arts community.
Ashley Oviedo (Audrey) is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, with a BFA in musical theater. She has most recently been seen as Cecily in the virtual musical Being Earnest at Skylight Music Theatre. Other credits include Anna in The Green Room Zoom with Round Earth Entertainment in association with RnD Productions; as Aquarius/Harper/Dana/Adia in When We Were Stars at Next Stage Theater; and as Maggie in the workshop reading of The Mill on the Potomac at First Flight Theater Company. She is also currently part of the workshop cast of The Boy from Troy at The Creative Co-Lab.
Brandite ‘Brandi’ Reed (Crystal) grew up in Milwaukee's Bronzeville and studied classical and jazz music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Through community arts organizations such as the African American Children’s theater and Milwaukee Inner-city Arts Council she was introduced to musical theater. She performed in Black Arts MKE’s 2018 & 2019 productions of Black Nativity at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. She appeared in Three Sisters Named Flo at Skylight’s Cabaret. Reed is currently a Teaching Artist at Black Arts MKE, First Stage Children’s Theatre and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Kevin James Sievert (Seymour) is an actor, singer, choreographer and musician based in Wisconsin. Sievert has been seen previously in Skylight productions of Hot Mikado, Urinetown, Disney’s Newsies, The Gospel at Colonus and Five Guys Named Moe as Little Moe. Other Milwaukee credits include Carrie: The Musical with Outskirts Theatre and choreographer for Waukesha South’s 2020 production of Pippin.