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Auditions for 'Little Shop of Horrors' in Goshen

"Suddenly Seymour" coming to Goshen

Goshen Players, Inc. Announces Auditions for

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken

Directed by Dan Checovetes; Musical Direction by Dan Porri

Auditions for this wonderful musical comedy will be held Sunday, December 2nd and Monday, December 3rd, 2012, with callbacks (if needed) Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. ALL AUDITIONS ARE AT 7:00 PM

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:

A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:

ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO COMMIT TO ALL PERFORMANCES

April 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and May 3rd and 4th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

April 21st and 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

• Sing a song of your choice. Piano accompaniment is available for songs from the show. If singing a piece not from the show, please provide sheet music or be prepared to sing a cappella

• Provide a resume if available, otherwise audition forms will be provided. 

• Headshots are not necessary. 

• Be prepared to read from the script, which will be provided. 

• Production calls for "stylised movement" – no formal dance audition required.

Rehearsal scheduled will be announced based on availability of actors and staff.

Questions?  Contact Director Dan Checovetes at dchecovetes@gmail.com  

Character Breakdown

AUDREY: The bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like, secret love of Seymour’s 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 low-cut black dress, and then shook them all up in a test tube to extract what's sweetest and most vunerable-that'd be Audrey. Musical range: Low A to High D 

CRYSTAL, RONNETTE AND CHIFFON: Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside of it. They’re 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 to the audience directly. And when they do, it's often with a "secret-smile" that says: "we know something you don't know."

MR. MUSHNIK: Audrey and Seymour’s boss. As an East Side florist, a total failure. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles but often sweats. Range: Low G to High E flat 

ORIN: A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic 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. (Also plays characters of A Voice not unlike God's, Wino #2, Customer, Radio Announcer, Mr. Berstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip, and Patrick Martin.)

SEYMOUR: Mid-twenties and perhaps balding a little. An insecure, naive, put-upon, florist’s clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. He is not a silly, pratfalling nerd, and therefore should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film. Range: Low A to High G 

THE PLANT (AUDREY II): An anthropomorphic cross between a 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 Puppeteer. (Who also plays Wino #1 in the first scene.) The first time we see The Plant, it is less than one foot tall. The last time we see it, it fills the entire stage.

VOICE OF THE PLANT: Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone. It is important that this actor have clear visual access to the puppets onstage, so that he can provide accurate lip-synch. The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack. Think of The Voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain — Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third.

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