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Little Shop of Horrors

Director - Tracey Hutley    Musical directors - Casey Chadwick & Nick Ng      Choreographer - Heather Scott

Sunday 11 May
Location: The Pavillion Theatre, James St, Beenleigh

Show concept

Traditionally, Little Shop of Horrors is portrayed as a light hearted upbeat musical with a science fiction twist…… Traditionalists beware! Phoenix Ensemble’s production of this classic will not be performed in that manner at all. The production team have been working very hard on script interpretation characterisation and concept to deliver a darker feel to the performance. Therefore we would encourage all auditionee’s to come with an open mind on characterisation, and to put aside the stereotypes more commonly associated with the show so that we can put this darker twist in place. This however does not mean that the characters can’t still be unique- it just means that we will consider all types of character delivery and looks to fit our version of the show.


The following cast is required:

Seymour Krelborn (male, aged between 18 - 30)

A menial labourer at Mushnik’s Flower Shop, Seymour Krelborn is insecure, naive and feels much put-upon. Seymour is the owner of the carnivorous plant, Audrey II. He has a whole lot of insecurity going on, but as the show progresses and the plant grows more powerful, so does Seymour’s confidence. We are not necessarily looking for a Rick Moranis-type or an Urkle-nerd type. We are looking for a strong actor who can portray a character who in spite of his flaws shows glimmers of being a sweet well-meaning man. This person must have a strong singing voice. Tenor, Low Bb to Top A. 


Audrey (female, aged between 20 - early 30s)

Audrey works with Seymour at the flower shop. Lacking in education and self-esteem, she suffers from feelings of hopelessness at her situation in life, including her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello. Seymour names his plant after her. She is emotionally fragile and has a sadistic boyfriend who abuses her. Audrey does not have a great sense of self-esteem but is determined to find the positive in her miserable life. She has hope and the capacity for great love. Strong belt voice a must. Alto Belter, but needs a sweet sound at times. Low A to Belted D


Mr Mushnik (male, aged between 40 - 65)

Jewish Store owner of Mushnik’s Flower Shop, a failing business on Skid Row, Mr. Mushnik is given to cursing in Yiddish. He is a man who seldom smiles and often yells.He has somewhat fatherly tendencies towards Audrey, but funnily enough, NOT towards Seymour, who he eventually adopts. His personality has the ability to be conniving and dark, but then turn on a dime and be sweet, happy and the life of the room. Strong character actor (some singing required). Open to Mr Mushnik having a strong accent. Baritone, Low Ab to top F. 

Chiffon, Crystal & Ronette 

Three female roles who have a lot of singing throughout the show. They carry the story through their narrative singing. Strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement. Significant presence throughout the show with 5-6 songs

Audrey II (voice) male or female

The voice of the man-eating plant, Audrey II. A manipulative, seductive, fang-toothed plant determined to take over the planet Earth. Audrey II is Seymour’s favourite and soon-famous plant. He purchased the plant at Chang’s Flower Shop during a mysterious total eclipse of the sun; but once the plant has the taste of human blood there is no stopping it. Strong character singing required with a strong rock voice. Low F to top G. We are open to Men and Women auditioning for this part- the success of the plant is in the attitude and the delivery not solely that it be cast as a male.

Orin Scrivello (Male, late 20’s-30’s)

Audrey’s dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello is a demonic, sadistic, egotistical and completely self-centred. His addiction to causing others pain is both his motivation for life, and the eventual cause of his death.  His fondness for his own nitrous oxide proves to be his undoing. Baritone, Low A to top F.

Mr Bernstein - An uptown big-shot from NBC, Bernstein offers Seymour his own gardening show.

Mrs Luce - The wife of the editor of Life magazine.

Skip Snip - Reporter from the William Morris Agency.

Patrick Martin - A sleazy opportunist, Patrick Martin tries to talk Seymour and Mr. Mushnik into leaf cuttings of Audrey II.

Ensemble - We will be looking for a small ensemble of strong singers and actors who will be able to perform the following roles (Narrator, Wino #1 & #2, shop customer, radio announcer).

What the Director is looking for:

-        High level vocal ability (including character voices as appropriate)

-        Demonstrated ability to portray depth of character

-        Ability to capture the emotion and purpose in song delivery and performance

-        Ability to move well on stage

Audition requirements:

Auditionee’s will be required to prepare and perform a song which is not from the show, but is in a similar style/character and range for the part you are auditioning for. You must supply a backing track for your audition song (with no vocals).

If requested by the audition panel, auditionees will also be required to also perform the song for the character they are auditioning for, as per the table below. Accompaniment will be available for these songs.

Role

Show Song

Seymour Krelborn

Grow For Me

Audrey

Somewhere That’s Green

Mr Mushnik

Mushnik & Son

Chiffon, Crystal, Ronette

Little Shop of Horrors

Audrey II

Git It (Feed Me)

Orin Scrivello

Dentist

In addition to the song you perform, you may be required to perform a dialogue piece (cold read) to demonstrate ability in emotional interpretation and characterisation. Auditionees may also be required to demonstrate ability in stage movement and dance (please ensure you wear appropriate footwear).

Call-backs: If required, will be held on the evening of Sunday the 11th of May. Auditionee’s must be available to attend this if required. It is an expectation that Auditionees will have a sound understanding and knowledge of the show and its musical numbers.

Performance dates: Friday and Saturday evenings 7:30pm: 8, 9,15,16, 22, 23 ,29 ,30 August 5 & 6 September.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be held on Monday, Wednesday (7:15pm-10pm) and Sunday (12-6pm). Please note that musical rehearsals at the beginning of the rehearsal season will be held at the Directors house. 100% attendance at required rehearsals is mandatory.

Auditions are by appointment only.

To book an audition time, or for further information, please contact Heather Scott on ph: 3287 9973.

 

 

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