Little Shop of Horrors

Small Show: Big Impact

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind the Broadway sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors which is now one of the most popular shows in the world. Often performed with larger casts, this was originally performed Off Broadway with only 9 performers in the cast and is an excellent choice for BROS to take to Minack this year while the performer limit is 12 on stage, and in a world where realistically, rehearsals may need to follow the ‘rule of six’ until the circumstances and the weather improve.

BROS are keen to double cast this show to enable twice as many people the chance to showcase their talents than would otherwise be possible given the Covid restrictions. Auditions will proceed with the intention of double casting all roles including ensemble. The audience numbers are likely to be restricted to 250 per performance. There are 8 performances: 7 public performances, plus the private performance to the Minack Trustees which will also be open to wristband wearing Company members and family. Each team will perform one of the 2 available matinees.

Brief Overview
Seymour Krelborn is a meek flower shop assistant who works has been working for Mr Mushnik ever since he was ‘rescued’ from the orphanage on Skid Row. He stumbles across a new breed of plant and names this plant “Audrey II” after the girl he works with and with whom he is infatuated.

Seymour nurtures the plant which catches the attention of passers-by trade and as a result Mushnik’s Flower shop is able to continue trading. The plant grows bigger and bigger and Seymour becomes quite famous as a result. This boosts his confidence and gives him hope that Audrey might one day look his way and that he might be able to provide her with the home they have both dreamed of, away from Skid Row.

Audrey has issues of her own – most obviously the low self esteem that keeps her in a brutal abusive relationship with the grotesque biker dentist Orin Scrivello.  Unfortunately, Seymour then discovers that this demanding plant will not thrive unless it is fed with blood and his endeavours to keep it alive are driven by his belief that he cannot win Audrey from Orin and achieve his dream, without the benefits the Plant offers him.

The dangers of capitalistic, power-hungry greed, as metaphorically presented by Audrey 2 (usually voiced by a man) become increasingly obvious as the plant’s demands get bigger and more vocal and lead Seymour to make some very dubious moral decisions – including feeding Orin to the plant.  However, Audrey 2 will stop at nothing short of global domination and Seymour’s attempts to save Audrey 1, himself and the world from this monster are ultimately too little, too late.

All of the above action is supported by Ronette, Chiffon, Crystal who live on Skid Row and comment – Greek chorus-like (but with early 60s vocal stylings) –  on everything that unfolds.

Cast & Creative

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Deb McDowell
Musical Director Janet Simpson
Choreographer Jennifer Moorhead
Production Manager Lottie Walker

Characters & Parts

Seymour Krelborn

An insecure, put-upon florist’s clerk and eventual hero of sorts. He is genuine and well-meaning but shy and awkward.

Gender: Male
Playing Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Audrey

A gorgeous girl with overdone film-star style. She is the secret love of Seymour’s life. She has poor self-worth and education, but is far more beautiful than she knows and has a sweet and vulnerable demeanour.

Gender: Female
Playing Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Mr. Mushnik

The owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour’s boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative.

Gender: Male
Playing Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Orin Scrivello

An egotistical dentist with sadistic tendencies and a passion for leather. Audrey’s abusive boyfriend.

Gender: Male
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Crystal / Ronnette / Chiffon

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon live on Skid Row. They act as a kind of Greek Chorus. Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality. These performers will be expected to have strong vocals but also higher than average dance ability.

Gender: Female
Playing Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Ensemble

Likely 2xM 3xF

To perform a range of small roles with small solo singing moments and odd lines of dialogue as well as providing a sense of ensemble in what might be seen as ‘chorus’ numbers. We need strong all-round performers for these roles.  We would also like to be able feature a male and female ‘pas de deux’ as part of one of the numbers if we can, so dancers don’t hold back. Roles include: Skid Row Winos, Shop Customer, TV Reporter, Dental Assistants, Bernstein, Mrs Luce, Snip, Martin.

Voice of Audrey 2 - the Plant

An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart ‘villain.’ A funky Rhythm and Blues voice is best.

Gender: Male
Playing Age: Irrelevant….
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G2

The Plant (Audrey II) Puppeteers

Puppet – we will need 2 people to share what is essentially a crew/crossover role.

Backing Singers

We are also looking for backing singers to support the vocal lines from off-stage. Numbers tbc.

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Show Date: 31st May - 4th June 2021

Venue: The Minack Theatre

Show Contact: lsh@brostc.org

Audition Information

You’ll be delighted to know that we are aiming to keep the audition process as straightforward as possible. We are just asking for a vocal self-tape. Choose one song from the list below. You will only be required to sing part of the song. Please see the annotated PDFs and Backing Tracks. Feel to email Deb at manxdeb@me.com if you have any individual concerns or queries about which song to choose.  There will be no dance audition for anyone who auditioned for Kipps, It Should Have Been You, High Society or The Producers. Any newbies will be sent a link to a short sequence of movement to self-tape and send. You will also see we are looking for additional backing singers. If this interests you, please fill in an audition form and submit a self-tape. You can choose any of the audition songs.

We would like you to submit your self-tapes and an audition form by 6pm on Sunday 29th November to lsh@brostc.org

PDFs of the Music, Backing Tracks and the audition form are available HERE. Thank you for your patience! You can also check out the Soundtrack on Spotify/ iTunes.

Record your self-tape in landscape, if possible against a plain backdrop, focusing on head and shoulders to allow us to see facial expressions. If you want to do whole body movement, feel free to send a second version showing this – but this is not expected. Please can you send your self tapes to lsh@brostc.org

If we feel it is necessary, we may look to do live recall auditions on Sunday Dec 6th so please pencil this date into your post-lockdown diaries.

Audition Songs
Audrey:                                   Suddenly Seymour (bar 32-55)
Seymour:                                Grow for Me (bar 7-32)
Mr Mushnik:                            Mushnik and Son (bar 31-62)
Orin:                                        Be A Dentist (bar 3-35)
Chiffon/ Ronette/ Crystal:       Little Shop of Horrors (bar 20-60)
Audrey 2 Plant voice:             Git It (bar 4-30)
Ensemble:                              Any of the above

Key Dates

Event Name Date Time Location
Self Tape audition submission deadline November 29, 2020 6pm
Audition recalls tbc December 6, 2020
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