Evita - P3252810
Monday, May 16, 2016
“FEED ME!” - LSoH AUDITIONS
Auditions for LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - June 10/11/12
The real star of the show is already cast ... but only partly. It’s Audrey II, the plant with attitude and appetite—who grows from wilted seedling to voracious two-metre monster on a diet of oh-so-rare flesh washed down with full-bodied red. The set of plant-puppets is reposing in the Beach Street warehouse of ACT (a community theatre), patiently awaiting appearances in the dark-comic sci-fi musical Little Shop of Horrors. But Audrey II needs a puppeteer, and also a strong off-stage voice to musically utter her/his/its best line: “Feed Me!”
Apart from the pair who will make Audrey II work, there are two dozen parts to be cast for the little florist shop and its Skid Row environs. There’s the human Audrey, for instance, the plant’s namesake—a naive, heart-of-gold blonde in her late twenties or early thirties. She and Seymour, the nerdy young man who unwittingly raises the monster plant, sing solos and a duet which are quite moving. Audrey’s early boyfriend, though, is 30- or 40-ish Orin, an outlandishly sadistic dentist; he has two great songs, and his death is a real gas (nitrous-oxide, in fact). The owner of the little shop is late-middle-aged Mr. Mushnik, who sings and dances a hilarious tango with Seymour. The mainstays throughout the show are Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal, a youngish (16-20) version of The Supremes; beyond their high-energy dancing, they provide a sort of Motown Greek-chorus commentary.
Besides the nine principal roles, Little Shop features a variety of minor characters: media personalities and agents, winos, shoppers and other assorted street people who join in the main musical number and some dance. Altogether there will be about 25 characters in the show. They are almost all adults and teens; it is not very likely that young children would be involved.
A crowd of enthusiasts learned about plans for the musical and got a look at selections from a video at a special ‘Preview Evening’ which ACT hosted in the Holland College theatre-space on May 12th. Attendees pressed for audition times, but they’ve had to wait for a month.
Auditions are being held at the Lecture Theatre of Colonel Gray High School on June 10, 11, and 12th: Friday evening, all-day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. That involves cold-reading from the script plus singing a prepared song (without accompaniment). Hopefuls for major parts will also be asked to take part in a dance audition and/or pitch-test the following Saturday afternoon (the 18th). To make an audition appointment, call 902-628-6778.
Cast-persons are required to be or to become ACT members, and must formally commit to rehearsals. Rehearsals begin in mid-August, and shift into higher gear through September and October. They will involve Sunday afternoons, and at least Monday and Wednesday evenings; occasional other weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons will be added progressively. However, rehearsals will be specifically targeted to particular scenes, and an actor will only need to attend the ones scheduled for him or her.
ACT’s production of Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Peter Krauskopf, who staged Colonel Gray’s musicals for many years. Music direction is by Rowan Fitzgerald and Owen Aylward, and Morgan Wagner is the choreographer.
There will be five performances of Little Shop of Horrors from October 27th to 30th at the 300-seat Florence Simmons Performance Hall.
Further information: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca