During the summer of 2018 after sitting on the idea for several months, Lead Producer Jacob Stuckelman committed to creating a fully-staged production of Little Shop of Horrors inside a flower shop, a concept that has never been seen before. After three years of attending Ithaca College, he had passed by the quaint and fragrant Bool’s Flower Shop in the downtown Ithaca area countless times and knew it would be the perfect venue for the production. He approached the owners of the shop and they were quite stunned, to say the least. With no prior theatre experience, the shop team was unaware of how the production would work logistically.
So, Stuckelman and co-producer Ben Fleischer drafteda proposal that explained in detail the ins-and-outs of the production: where the stage areas would be, how to arrange seating in the space, where to set up lighting and sound equipment, and how to work around the store’s regular business hours. Once the contract was signed, Stuckelman and Fleischer hit the ground running. They developed a team of fellow Ithaca College students, including a director, designers, and a full marketing team.
Site-specific theatre is defined as any type of theatrical production designed to be performed at a unique, specially adapted location other than a standard theatre. It emerged during the 1960’s and 70’s during a radical revolution of the re-interpretation of traditional theatre. It is not meant to involve the audience but to invite them into the actual world of the story being told, that is enhanced, but not created by theatrical elements. A few examples include Ferry Play, performed on the Staten Island Ferry and Supernatural Chicago, staged in an allegedly haunted nightclub, both of which were written specifically for the purpose of creating site-specific work.
That’s what sets our production apart - an already existing piece set in the setting of the fictional work.
This year, Bool’s Flower Shop will be celebrating it's 125th anniversary of serving the Ithaca community! Bool's has been providing their services since 1894. They offer a variety of products and services, from a small vase of flowers to large weddings or events. They also provide a large selection of cut flowers, arrangements, plants, balloons, stuffed animals, candy, fruit and gourmet baskets. It has been named“Ithaca’s Best Flower Shop” by several local journalists. The shop delivers to the greater Ithaca area and also worldwide. Bool’s is known for its “Name of the Week” easel, where each week a new name is written, and if someone with that name comes into the shop, they receive a free rose.
The Little Shop of Horrors team is to be collaborating with Bool's and cannot wait to honor 125 years of their service with this production!
Ithaca, New York is a small, artsy city at the bottom of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. With Cornell University and Ithaca College five minutes from its downtown area, it can be defined as a "college town." Ithaca is known for its state parks, gorges, beer company, and several festivals that bring members of the community together each year. It is home to the famous Moosewood Grill, known for its vegetarian and vegan options. Ithaca has always had an artistic edge, with theater companies such as the Kitchen Theater, the Hangar Theatre and the renowned Theatre Department at Ithaca College. There are several art galleries, such as the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and live event venues, like the State Theatre of Ithaca, throughout the city.
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