‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to be performed Sept. 13-28

Bridgeport Theatre Company launches its fourth season with the cult-classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” running Sept. 13 to 28 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

Based on the film by Roger Corman, the spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies follows a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.

Soon, "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, the musical has become a household name, thanks in part to a highly successful film version.

Performers and crew

The cast of nine local performers are:

— Garth West as Seymour

— Holly Martin as Audrey

— P.J. Morello as Mr. Mushnik

— John Stegmaier as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. and other characters

— Gina Lariccia as the voice of Audrey II

— Sean Sepulveda as the Audrey II puppeteer

— Alana Cauthen as Crystal

— Heather Abrado as Chiffon

— Sarah Paige Morris as Ronette

The production is directed and choreographed by Lance Gray, with musical direction by Bridgeport Theatre Company Artistic Director Eli Newsom. Stephanie Gaumer serves as associate musical director and will lead a live band of six musicians.

Show times and ticket prices

The performance schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 27; Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 21 and 28; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Seating begins 45 minutes before showtime, and an attended parking lot is available across from the theater on Golden Hill Street.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students and children. Concession items will be available for purchase and patrons also can bring picnics (BYO everything format) for the full “Cabaret experience.”

Buy tickets at www.BridgeportTheatre.org, www.dtcab.com, or 203-576-1636 (press option 0).

Three other shows this season

Bridgeport Theatre Company was founded in May 2010 by a group of Connecticut-based performing artists. It operates in residence at the Downtown Cabaret facility.

The company’s new Community Theatre Series for 2013-14 season also will include “Dreamgirls,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Shrek,” as well as new works events, concerts and fund-raisers.