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Prairie Repertory Theatre closes season with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

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Prairie Repertory Theatre closes its 50th season with next week’s showings of the award-winning musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” by Howard Ashman. The productions will be in person June 30 – July 2 at 7:30 p.m. and July 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Oscar Larson Theatre in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Starting for this show, attendees can purchase tickets 90 minutes prior to each performance at the box office. 

Featuring show stopping numbers, an unforgettable company and a lot of energy and color, “Little Shop of Horrors” explores love, fame, big dreams and what it truly means to be successful. After discovering a plant from outer space, things suddenly take a turn for florist Seymour Krelborn. However, as pressure builds to care for the increasingly famous plant, things quickly get out of hand. Audiences will find themselves asking, do the ends justify the means?

“I’m excited to return and join this year’s company,” said Rebecca Bailey ’12, who now lives in Russell, Kentucky. “I invite everyone to come experience the magic and laughter that this show offers. It features songs that will get stuck in your head, characters that are full of heart and situations that will keep you laughing.”

The cast includes students Abby Turner (Miller), Braden Paulsen (Brandon), Bradley Herrmann (Sioux Falls), Brady Wright (Rock Rapids, Iowa), Makayla Overholt (Madison), Hanna Bricker (Belle Fourche), Elizabeth Anne Stucker (Spirit Lake, Iowa), Jonathan Adderley (Nassau, Bahamas), Shannin Ashmore (Sioux City, Iowa), Rachel Board (Vass, North Carolina), Isaiah Dietz (Brandon), David Kastner (Redfield), Noah Kutter (Sioux Falls), Klara McElroy (Cabot, Arkansas), Tiffany Quinton (Sapulpa, Oklahoma), Jaron Sagmoe (Sioux Falls), Dakota Scott (Windom, Minnesota), Abigail Solvie (Morris, Minnesota) and Betsey Williams (Emporia, Kansas). The cast also includes accompanist Shawn Stemsrud (Stockholm). Also having roles are SDSU Professor and PRT Managing/Artistic Director J.D. Ackman and SDSU Professor and PRT Company Manager Billy Wilburn.

The crew includes students Anica Broekemeier (Lebanon, Illinois), Olivia Davis (Brookings), Abigayle Davis (Brookings), Mary Hendricks (Sioux Falls), Anna Herrmann (Flandreau), Taylor Hoffmeyer (Sioux Falls), Emma Kruger (Madison), Skyllar Shoening (Roseau, Minnesota) and Katherine Telkamp (Britton). The crew also includes SDSU Professor and choreographer Melissa Hauschild-Mork, SDSU Professor Corey Shelsta and Kate Wismer (Britton). David Reynolds, director of the School of Performing Arts, will conduct the pit ensemble.

Tickets may also be purchased at or by calling the box office at 605-688-6045 Monday-Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.