Performance Dates: July 10 - 28
AUDITION Dates April 6 & 7 at 2pm
Rehearsals begin will commence in late April, taking place on two evenings and one weekend day initially. As the production dates draw closer, rehearsal frequency will increase.
Directed by Joan McKenzie-Baird
Musical Direction, Pam Wannie; Choreography, Meg Morris
Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, the charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
SEYMOUR Our insecure, naïve, put-upon florist clerk hero. Above all he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. He is not a silly nerd, and therefore, should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film. Strong acting and singing. VOCAL RANGE: TENOR
AUDREY The bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like secret love of his life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a short black dress, and then shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable that would be Audrey. Strong acting/comedy and singing. VOCAL RANGE: MEZZO-SOPRANO
MR. MUSHNIK middle aged old enough to adopt Seymour as his son. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles. Strong character actor (some singing). VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE
ORIN A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and cruel tendencies. He is not, however, a leftover from the movie version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy all got up like a greaser but thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. Makes a couple of brief, but high impact, appearances. Strong character actor and singer. VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE
THE PLANT (AUDREY II) An anthropomorphic cross between a giant Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty-looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. The creature is played by a series of four increasing large puppets, manipulated by one non-speaking Puppeteer hidden invisibly inside. The plant grows from a few inches tall, to almost filling the stage. The role requires someone with physical acting skills to portray character and emotion purely through movement, and stamina to operate the large, heavy puppet.
VOICE OF AUDREY II Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone, lip-syncing to the movements of the puppets. His voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White and Wolfman Jack. Think of the voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain. Strong character singer. VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE/BASS
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE and CHIFFON Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action (when they have dialogue) and a Greek Chorus commenting and narrating the action (when they sing together in close harmony). They are young, hip, smart and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. In their Greek Chorus capacity they occasionally sing directly to the audience. And when they do, it’s often with a secret smile that as we know something you don’t know. Strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement. Significant presence in the show with 5-6 songs. VOCAL RANGES: MEZZO-SOPRANO
ENSEMBLE we will be looking for small ensemble to appear in various scenes and numbers. Since this will be a small cast, the ensemble will play an active role in the production. The minor roles of CUSTOMER, RADIO ANNOUNCER, MR. BERNSETIN, MRS. LUCE, SKIP SNIP and PATRICK MARTIN are usually all played by the actor playing ORIN but we will consider allocating these roles to the ensemble. VOCAL RANGES: VARIOUS