Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass is back! Join us for this innovative audience seminar featuring faculty conversations, production rehearsals, and special events. Take a journey with us as we nurture Little Shop of Horrors from the printed page to a fully realized theatrical event!

After the Golden Age: Little Shop of Horrors and the American Musical of the 1970s and 80s

Wednesday, September 27 @ 7 pm

Gary Richards, professor of English

Dive into Menken and Ashman’s perennially popular musical within that often-overlooked era between the so-called Golden Age of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the reign of the mega musical.


Rock, Doo-Wop, and a Drop of Blood: The Music of Little Shop of Horrors

Wednesday, October 4 @ 7 pm

Chris Wingert, adjunct professor of theatre

Discover how Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) took the dark themes of Little Shop, added bright music, tossed in some clever camp, and created one of Broadway’s most beloved scores, still a hit 35 years later.


“First Rehearsal”

Wednesday, October 11 @ 7 pm

Gregg Stull, director and professor of theatre
Samantha Reynolds, choreographer
Michael Benson, scene designer and assistant professor of theatre
Kevin McCluskey, costume designer and associate professor of theatre
Jon Reynolds, director of marketing and audience services

Explore the world of Little Shop of Horrors as imagined by the artistic team.


Inside the Rehearsal Room

October 18 or 19 @ 6 pm or 7 pm

Sit in on a rehearsal of Little Shop and observe the director, actors, and stage managers in action.


Technical Rehearsals

October 28 & 29 @ 2 pm, 3 pm, or 4 pm

New this year! Spend some time in a technical rehearsal where, after weeks of working apart, the director, designers, actors, and technicians come together to create the world of Little Shop.


Invited Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 1 @ 7 pm

Join other invited guests to be the first audience to experience Little Shop of Horrors at UMW!


Wrap-Up Conversation

Wednesday, November 29 @ 7 pm

Gather with the cast after Little Shop closes to talk about the production and your experience in Backstage Pass.



Throughout the process we will invite you to several other events—a backstage tour to see the shops in action building the scenery and costumes and conversations with the actors.


Registration for Backstage Pass is only $75 per person. This gives you exclusive admission to the eight sessions plus the additional bonus events.
Online registration is now open.

For more information, call Jon Reynolds at 540-654-2233 or email