Rutgers–Camden Theater Program Begins 2016-2017 Season with “Little Shop of Horrors”

Rutgers University–Camden Little Shop of Horrors 2016 cast and crew

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program will open its 2016-2017 season with the classically cheeky “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located on the Rutgers–Camden campus. The deviously hilarious rock-and-roll musical, which follows a meek and modest florist shop assistant as he stumbles upon a new breed of blood-thirsty plant, has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. each night beginning Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 29. There will also be a special mid-morning high school matinee performance at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

The production is directed by Kenneth Elliott, associate professor of theater and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers–Camden, who is well known for his off-Broadway work in New York.

Accomplished songstress and Rutgers–Camden alumna Dionne Grooms Fields is voicing the role of Audrey II, the man-eating plant. “Dionne Fields, one of our most distinguished alumni, has a voice that never fails to astonish with its range and richness,” says Elliott of the 2012 graduate from the music program at the Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences. “She was spectacular as the lead in our blues musical, ‘Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet,’ two years ago, and it is a real treat to work with her again.”

Helping bring Audrey II to life is puppeteer Kimmie Starts, a junior theater major from Pennsauken and a graduate of Bishop Eustace High School.

Senior music major David Chorzelewski, a Brooklawn resident and graduate of Gloucester City High School, co-stars as the hapless florist shop assistant Seymour, alongside senior theater and English major StellaLucia Brennan-Romano of Montclair, a graduate of Montclair High School, as his co-worker crush Audrey.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; and $7 for students. They can be purchased in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center, or by phone at (856) 225-6211. To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, please contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-2870 or

The Walter K. Gordon Theater is located in the Fine Arts Complex, at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

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