Auditions

Little Shop of Horrors

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menkin
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Director: Gary Shaffer
Choreographer: Alyssa Derling
Musical Director: Mark Megill
Producers: Jan Topoleski and William Whitefield

AUDITION DATES:
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7 pm to 9 pm - open call (please arrive no later than 8:30 pm)
Auditioners will be seen on first come first serve basis.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7 pm to 9 pm - open call (please arrive no later than 8:30 pm)
Auditioners will be seen on first come first serve basis.

CALLBACKS*
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7 pm

*Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2016. If for some reason, the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form.

Please email Jan Topoleski at jan@algonquinarts.org with any questions you may have.

LOCATION OF AUDTIONS:
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan. Park in the lot behind the theatre and in the plaza behind the theatre.

AUDTION REQUIREMENTS:
Audition requirements for all participants:
1. Recent head shot or color photo and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Additional requirements for Principal Roles

1. One (1) prepared song, either ballad or up-tempo from a musical of your choosing that shows your range (bring sheet music in correct key - accompanist provided);

2. Prepare sides posted here for character(s) you are interested in.

- Audrey
- Audrey & Seymour
- Mushnik, Seymour & Audrey
- Voice of the Plant & Seymour
- Seymour

3. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform simple choreography given by choreographer.

Additional requirements for 3 Street Urchins and Ensemble:

1. One (1) prepared song, either ballad or up-tempo from a musical of your choosing that shows your range (bring sheet music in correct key - accompanist provided);

2. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform simple choreography given by choreographer.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin on or around July 11, 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

TECH WEEK:
Technical Rehearsals will begin on Friday, August 5, 2016.

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 3 pm
Thursday August 18, 2016 at 7 pm (MANDATORY BRUSH UP REHEARSAL)
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3 pm

SYNOPSIS:
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical that tells the story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The music is in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, and includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour". The musical premiered Off-Off- Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production.

AVAILABLE ROLES:
All roles are available except for the role of ORIN which has been cast.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Seymour
An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Audrey
A sweet and vulnerable underdog, with low self-esteem. She deserves a better hand than the one she has been dealt. The charming secret love of Seymour's life.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Mr. Mushnik
The grizzled and manipulative owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. Will do anything, and use anyone, for a buck.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 65
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Orin Scrivello - THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour. Doubles several other smaller roles.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G2

The Plant
Physically fit puppeteer to portray an anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. The plant has an appetite for human flesh that is appeased by Seymour. Puppeteer doubles as other sizes of the plant. Non-speaking role.

Voice of 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
Age: 25 to 50
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon
Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon, 3 street urchins, are a modern Greek chorus portrayed as denizens of the night. A gritty version of the classic 60s girl groups, they are hip, and smart. These girls have been around the block and seen it all.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Ensemble
Seeking a chorus of five or six various types to play the residents of Skid Row and understudy other roles.
Gender: male and female
Age: 18 to 60
Strong vocal ability required.