The Merc Playhouse production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will open on Oct. 12 and continue through the following weekend. The musical production, from book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is directed by Stephen Kish, the theater’s technical director.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12, Oct. 13, Oct. 18, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

Tickets are $18 for adult reserved seating and $16 for general admission if purchased online at Youth seats are $7 for reserved and $5 for general admission. Thursday, Oct. 18, is “Pay What You Can” night.

“The Little Shop of Horrors” is described as “the Broadway sci-fi smash musical … which has been devouring the hearts of theater goers for over 30 years.” The story line involves a meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it.

For information, call 997-7529 or email