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  |   March 7, 2012  |  Comment

Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House continues its 14th season of classic films on the big screen with the 1986 musical comedy classic Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm, at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. A pre-show concert will feature Juan Cardona, Jr. performing live on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All seats are just $5.

The Bardavon’s Friday Film Series is made possible by Marshall & Sterling Insurance and The Poughkeepsie Journal. The Wurlitzer Organ is presented exclusively by the New York Theatre Organ Society.

Directed by Frank Oz, Little Shop of Horrors is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway show by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, which was based on a low-budget 1960 film directed by Roger Corman. The 1986 version stars Rick Moranis as the nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious plant that feeds on human blood. It also stars Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and the voice of Levi Stubbs as the plant.

Juan Cardona, Jr. has been the house organist at the Bardavon for over 10 years, and the staff organist at the Thomaston Opera House for the past 15 years. In 1994 and 1995, he won first place in the American Theatre Organ Society’s Hobbyist Division Competition. Juan began his silent film work by accompanying cartoons at a stage production of School House Rock at the Thomaston Opera House. He also accompanied the Academy Award-winning film Wings as his first full-length feature. He went on to score other films including Phantom of the Opera, Robin Hood, The Beloved Rogue, Tell it to the Marines, Speedy, The General; and silent short comedies The Great Race, Big Business and One Week.

The Bardavon Marshall & Sterling Friday Film Series will conclude this season with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on April 13.

All seats are just $5 and are general admission. Tickets are available at Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com..

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1500-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for future audiences to enjoy. For more information: www.bardavon.org


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