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White Theatre: Auditions

Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by Steven Eubank
Music Directed by Kevin Bogan
Choreography by Tiffany Powell
Book & lyrics: Howard Ashman
Music: Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman
Screenplay: Charles Griffith

Auditions by Appointment Only: Saturday, August 22nd from 1-4pm

Open Call Dance Audition: Saturday, August 22 at 4:30pm

Callbacks by Invitation Only: Saturday, August 29th in the afternoon. Specific time TBA.

Auditions will be held at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center and will be by appointment only.  To sign up for an audition time, please email Jayson Chandley at [email protected] with your name and phone number. A confirmation email will be sent to you confirming your time and any additional details for your audition. 

Please prepare 16-32 bars of an up-tempo 1960’s rock’n’roll song or a song in the style of doo wop oldies.  Please bring sheet music for an accompanist to play in the correct key. For the open call dance audition, please wear form-fitting or workout attire and bring appropriate footwear.

Note: If appointments fill up, there will be a first-come, first-serve open call from noon-1 pm. An email confirmation will be sent to everyone signing up for an audition time, so if times have filled up an email reply will be sent indicating that information and directing you to additional information (if any) for the open call time of noon – 1 pm, Saturday August 22nd. 

Little Shop of Horrors performs at the White Theatre located at 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Performance Dates:

November 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 at 7:30 pm
November 8, 15, 22 at 2:00 pm

Rehearsals begin September 28, 2015

Rehearsals will take place at the White Theatre/Jewish Community Center and will typically run in the time frames of Sundays 1-5pm and Monday through Thursdays 6-10pm.

Synopsis:

Down-and-out skid row floral assistant Seymour Krelborn becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. It isn’t long before “Audrey II” has grown from a harmless shrub into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who promises Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950’s sci-fi movies has become a household name thanks to a highly successful film version. Hilariously funny and tuneful, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop of Horrors is a musical to savor.

Character Descriptions:

Audrey – 20s-30s – The bleached-blond and statuesque secret love of Seymour’s life.  If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie, removed their education  and feelings of self-worth, shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable, and then dressed them in spiked heels and a low-cut black dress – that’s be Audrey -- Range: G#3 - D5

Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon – late teens to mid 30s – Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside of it.  They should be as tough as their hairdos.  They’re young, hip, smart and the only people in the whole story 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” -- Range: Ab3 - F5

Voice of Audrey II (male or female) – Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone.  The sound (if male) is a cross between Levi Stubbs, Otis Redding, Barry White and Wolfman Jack (if female, think Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner or even possibly Janis Joplin).  Think of The Voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain – Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third -- Range: G2 - G4 (if male) G3 - G5 (if female)

Seymour – 20s-30s – Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florist’s clerk hero.  Above all he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man.  He is not a silly prat-falling nerd (although he is nebbishy and does fall down sometimes) and therefore should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film -- Range: A2 - G4

Mr. Mushnik – 50s-60s – Audrey and Seymour’s boss.  A failure of an East Side florist.  His accent, if he has one, could be that of middle class New York or vaguely Eastern European.  He seldom smiles but often sweats -- Range: G2 - F4

Orin – 30-40 – A tall dark handsome Dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic tendencies.  He is not however a leftover from Grease or Welcome Back, Cotter.  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 A Voice not unlike God’s, Wino #1, Customer, Announcer, Mr. Berstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip and Patrick Martin) -- Range: G2 - G4

Puppeteer of Audrey II – any age – Audrey II is “played” by a series of four increasingly large puppets; the first, third and fourth bodies are manipulated by the puppeteer (who also play Wino #2 in the first scene.)  The plant is 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 first time we see the plant, it is less than on foot tall.  The last time we see it, it fills the entire shop.


For more information regarding auditions, please contact Jayson Chandley, Facility and Production Coordinator for the White Theatre, at 913-327-8074 or [email protected]

 

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