CDS is auditioning for Little Shop of Horrors

The Cayman Drama Society, in association with Every Bloomin’ Thing, is putting the word out to all budding thespians and is holding auditions this month for its next production, Little Shop of Horrors. Business Editor Lindsey Turnbull speaks with Director of the show, Sheree Ebanks, to find out more.

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious appetite for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” becomes an ill-tempered, singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Finally it reveals itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
Sheree Ebanks says that the idea to produce a play based on this story has been knocking around for quite some time, but that logistics had prevented it from actually taking to the stage.

“I believe the reason it has never come to fruition is really the logistics of having to construct the plant, Audrey II, as it grows and grows.  At the end it pretty much fills up the entire shop.”
Sheree says this has certainly been a challenge for the producers and is one that they continue to work on.

At present, the CDS is planning two auditions for the play, which is set to open in November. Auditions will be from 10am to 1pm on 19 and 20 June at the Prospect Playhouse. Sheree says they need four to five men ages 20 to 60 and four to five women ages late teens to mid- 20s.
”Those auditioning should prepare 16 to 32 measures of a Broadway standard. An accompanist will be provided,” she explains.

Characters include:
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 vulnerable-that would be Audrey.

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon
Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and outside 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.  Similar to a 1960s Doo Wop chorus

Mr. Mushnik
Their boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles but often sweats.
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.

Mid-twenties and perhaps balding a little. Our insecure, naive, put-upon, florist’s 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.

Voice of the plant
Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone. The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman

Rehearsals begin on 26 August and the CDS will present the musical November 18-20, November 25-27, December 2-4 and December 9 through 12. Times: 7:00 pm Thursdays – Saturdays.  Sunday, 13 December at 3:00 pm there will be a matinee performance.

Don’t miss ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde, “a classic comedy reinvented” produced by Cayman Drama Society which will be running in June at The Prospect Playhouse at 7.30 pm on Thursday 10, Friday 11, Saturday 12, Friday 18, Saturday 19, Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday 27 at 3.00 pm. Tickets are CI$20. Box office number is 949-5054.