*Little Shop of Horrors opens April 25 - May 19! We'd say it was so close you can smell the nitrous oxide, but that doesn't make any scents. In this convivial cult classic a floundering florist fetches fame from a foreign flower and finds himself fettered in its fiendish frame. For your chance to see this funny fable reserve your tickets now!!!
In January 2014, Nathan joined the Colorado Springs theatre family as The Associate Director of Performing Arts at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and lectures on acting at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Anyone in this theatre community can tell you that Nathan Halvorson does it all; sing, act, dance, choreograph and direct. Theatreworks is fortunate enough to have him on as the director for Little Shop of Horrors. We got the chance to ask him a few questions about his life and the show.
Nathan: Sun Prairie, WI
TW: Home now?
Nathan: Colorado Springs, CO
TW: What got you into theatre?
Nathan: My parents took me to see a production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown when I was in kindergarten or first grade, I think. I told them that I wanted to do that. Credit to them, they signed me up for a drama camp right after. Theatre education matters!
TW: What TV show are you binging, right now?
Nathan: The Good Fight, The Good Place, Schitt's Creek, The Practice (recently discovered that this 90's gem was streaming on Amazon)
TW: Favorite dessert and why?
Nathan: Geez. Right now, I am eating individually wrapped dark chocolate squares under the delusion of portion control.
TW: You've directed Little Shop of Horrors before. What did you learn from that production that you'll be bringing into this one?
Nathan: Honestly, I am trying to approach this production with fresh eyes and not get stuck in previous choices. I will say that the author's note is always in my head while I'm directing this piece, "There will be a temptation to play it for camp and low-comedy. This is a great and potential fatal mistake." We must keep the characters honest, no matter how outlandish their behavior.
TW: What do you want the audience to walk away with after seeing this production?
Nathan: Many people think Little Shop is silly camp. I don't agree. It's fun, for sure. However, I hope that people will see that it is actually satirizing and commenting on the state of the world around us.
TW: What's the funniest thing you've seen happen in a rehearsal room?
Nathan: If the room is alive, truly funny things happen everyday.