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Auditions: Little Shop of Horrors

August 21st, 2017

Players Club of Swarthmore will be holding auditions Sunday, November 12th & Monday, November 13th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm for the Main Stage production of Little Shop of Horrors.
 

The Players Club and director Eddie Donlevie invite local musical theater performers to audition for their production of Little Shop of Horrors!
 
Audition Dates: Sunday, November 12th & Monday, November 13th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
 
Please prepare 32 bars of 2 contrasting songs (ballad and up tempo). The audition panel will either choose one of the two, or both may be required. Please select your music in the style of the character, but NOT a song from the show.
 
Special note for those auditioning for the Urchins: Please prepare 32 bars of a “Greek chorus” type of song – especially Gospel or Soul. Please show off your range – we want to hear your highest and lowest “belting” notes! May be asked to sing parts of “Little Shop” song from the show.
 
Little Shop satirizes many things: science fiction, ‘B’ movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend. There will, therefore, be a temptation to play up some of the lines as low-comedy. This a great and potentially fatal mistake. The script keeps its tongue firmly in cheek, so the actors should not. Instead, they should play with simplicity, honesty and sweetness – even when events are at their most outlandish. The show’s individual “style” will evolve naturally from the words themselves and an approach to acting and singing them that is almost child-like in its sincerity and intensity. Musically – those cast should be prepared to do homework to perfect their harmonies after being taught their parts at rehearsal – will will not have time to go back and re-teach!
 
Any questions, please contact director, Edward Donlevie, at eddiecsdtheater@gmail.com.
 
Please download and complete the PCS audition form from the Auditions Page
 
Roles: All Roles are open
 

SEYMOUR (20s – early 30s) Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florists’ 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.
I DO NOT WANT RICK MORANIS IMPERSONATIONS.
 
AUDREY (similar playing age to Seymour) The bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like secret love of his live. 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’d be Audrey. Strong acting/comedy and singing.
I DO NOT WANT ELLEN GREENE IMPERSONATIONS.
 
MR/MRS MUSHNIK (middle aged or old enough to ‘adopt’ Seymour as his son) This part can be played by either male or female. Their boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His/Her accent, if he/she has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. S/He seldom smiles but often sweats. Strong character actor (some singing)
 
ORIN (late 20s- Mid 30s?) 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.
I DO NOT WANT STEVE MARTIN IMPERSONATIONS.
 
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 THE PLANT – Provided by an actor/actress on an offstage microphone, lip-syncing to the movements of the puppets. His/Her 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 – Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third. Strong character singer.
 
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE and CHIFFON (a.k.a. “The Urchins” )– (playing age of late teens to 20s) 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’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.” Strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement. Significant presence in the show with 5-6 songs.
 
ENSEMBLE – we will POSSIBLY be looking for an ensemble to appear in various scenes and numbers. The minor roles of CUSTOMER, RADIO ANNOUNCER, MR BERNSTEIN, MRS LUCE, SKIP SNIP and PATRICK MARTIN are usually all played by the actor playing ORIN but may be allocated to the ensemble.

 
Please note: PCS is an all-volunteer organization, all roles are unpaid.
 

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