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Little Shop Of Horrors:

 1 Firestarter, Wed, 16th Feb '11 5:21:30 PM from over the rainbow Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Sorceress Bookwench
I am creating this thread for a few reasons. One, we have almost no threads for general discussion about a specific show, unlike most of the media section, and this is the one 'Live Perfomance' thing we have enough fans of around to get a good discussion. Two, I just got back from auditions for my school production and this show is on my mind.

Discuss as you will, tropers and fans.

edited 20th Feb '11 7:43:54 AM by Firestarter

Everything happens for a reason. The reason is a chaotic intersection of chance and the laws of physics.
 2 maxwellelvis, Wed, 16th Feb '11 5:44:10 PM from undisclosed location Relationship Status: In my bunk
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It's sure as heck safer to perform that Spider-Man, I know that much.
Of course, don't you know anything about ALCHEMY?!- Twin clones of Ivan the Great
 3 frog 753, Wed, 16th Feb '11 8:24:18 PM from CT and/or MA
What sucks about this thread was that OOZE was a huge fan of this show, but I believe they got banned recently.

Interestingly enough, it was the spring show that my (combined middle and high) school did when I was in seventh grade, and one of the best shows they ever did IMO. A glorious testament to the fact that you don't need a huge cast to pull it of, if the actors you do have are great. Also, I'd say our Seymour and Audrey looked and sounded a bit different from what seems to be the usual (perhaps movie-inspired) depiction of them, but that arguably makes it better.

Hell of Downer Ending, I'd say. In theory, humanity could be saved by good old common sense, but it seems that everyone in the play's 'verse is rather lacking in it. At least in the movie there's actually a way to kill the plants...

edited 16th Feb '11 8:25:45 PM by frog753

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^You should read these series.
This is flat out awesome. Currently listening to the soundtrack. Further, it's actually SUPPOSED to have a small cast.
 
 5 Firestarter, Sat, 19th Feb '11 7:27:23 PM from over the rainbow Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Sorceress Bookwench
Yep, only about 10 people are needed to put it on. The music is great, it's upbeat, energetic 50's style stuff that fits perfectly with the campy tragicomedy.

Also, I have gotten into my schools version. I can't wait to see what our plant puppet will look like. grin

edited 20th Feb '11 7:43:08 AM by Firestarter

Everything happens for a reason. The reason is a chaotic intersection of chance and the laws of physics.
Technically the script calls for 9 actors, but I personally would reduce it to eight by giving the voice of the plant to the guy that does Orin and all of the minor parts.
 
I auditioned for a production a few months ago, hoping for the part of the plant. Didn't get called back, sadly.

They better not have given the role to that baritone who couldn't hit the low G.
 8 Firestarter, Sun, 20th Feb '11 11:08:15 AM from over the rainbow Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Sorceress Bookwench
Aw sad Sorry, guess you can't win 'em all. No point in being bitter about it.

I'm only in chorus, but I'm a freshman where roles depend heavily on senority, so I take what I can get.
Everything happens for a reason. The reason is a chaotic intersection of chance and the laws of physics.
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I wish my school would do this show, but the cast is too small.

That's always a consideration in high school productions, particularly at my old high school, where the musical was done by the choir and not the drama department.

edited 20th Feb '11 11:55:40 AM by Pannic

 11 frog 753, Sun, 20th Feb '11 1:22:17 PM from CT and/or MA
Our plant was amazing. And the guy who voiced it did so with a microphone behind the scenes, he played no other characters. Also, for a few years I could only remember the girl who operated the plant as, well, "the girl who operated the plant" because she never did anything else noteworthy in theater until later on...
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^You should read these series.
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^^ Really? That's weird. My school's shows are handled by the drama department technically, but it's really its own thing run by a group of teachers and outside help from graduates and family. It's headed up by the math teacher who also runs HCST, the choir/music theory teacher helps with vocals, and for choreography we have the dance teacher, the math teacher/varsity cheerleading coach, and several family members and graduates. The two theater arts teachers aren't actually involved at all.

The smallest play we've ever done was 12 Angry Men a couple of years ago. Smallest musical was technically Forever Plaid, but otherwise I don't think we've ever gone much smaller (in the past decade, anyway) than Man of La Mancha. And that's the fall shows. Spring shows are always big cast-of-thousands type stuff, with enourmous ensemble and usually doublecasting at least two main characters.

I think the situation at my old school is that the musicals used to be done jointly by the choral and drama departments, but the choir director and the head of the drama department had a falling out due to Grease. She did not want to do Grease. So after that it was just the choir that did the musicals. The shows have all been big shows - The Pirates of Penzance, Beauty and the Beast, Les MisÚrables, The Secret Garden (slightly expanded the ensemble there), The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, and most recently Fiddler on the Roof. All big ensemble shows, with lots of parts and a chorus.

edited 21st Feb '11 12:52:06 PM by Pannic

It's easy, mmkay?
It's too bad this doesn't have a Facebook-style like button attached because I like this but I have nothing meaningful to contribute other than to say that.
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
I love Little Shop! It's looking like that's gonna be our show next year. Audrey's one of my biggest dream roles, so I'm excited! And nervous, 'cause we generally do big ensemble shows, but our cast is shrinking considerably; we'll only have 5 boys next year, but a lot of talented girls.

And unfortunately, some of the more talented girls keep dismissing Audrey as a totally flat character who's pretty much just abused and likes Seymour. It bugs me, especially when my one friend says she's a slut. Sorry, I'm ranting, hahah.
 
It's easy, mmkay?
Feel free to repeatedly kick your friend on my behalf! evil grin
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
Thank you! I love my friend to death but SHE DOESN'T GET IT. I try to explain to her Audrey's complete lack of self-confidence and how she's grown so used to being used it's all she knows anymore and almost doesn't believe that someone could be kind to her, but she's so hardheaded about it!

And my best friend just finds the whole character intolerable, along with Ellen Greene. It's an upset, really. Lol I'm glad to have found a LSOH refuge :)
 
It's easy, mmkay?
Audrey is definitely the saddest character in the show. Audrey was so fucking sad that she taught me to enjoy being sad.
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
I know EXACTLY what you're saying! "Somewhere That's Green" really gets to me. It's just so...pathetic (sadness-evoking, not pitiably inadequate). It's like, everyone I know wants all these big things with there life, and all she wants is to move to the suburbs with a guy she loves. And you just know it's not gonna get it, and part of you kind of knows what's really gonna happen.

It also surprises me how many people don't get that LSOH is as serious as it is. I mean, it is comedic, but it's also basically a Greek tragedy, right down to the chorus!
 
It's easy, mmkay?
TBH, I think that the reason people don't tend to get the serious aspects of LSOH is that the film forces a reinterpretation as a strict comedy, and, well, Adaptation Displacement. Maybe someday a better adaptation will redisplace it, but let's not hold out hope.

In the meantime, let's just enjoy our personal thing.

edited 20th Apr '11 9:01:08 PM by PDown

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Sounds like a plan :) I'm gonna be Actually, I quite enjoy the movie as what it is—a movie. It does take the tragic out of tragicomedy, but it works well in its medium at the same time. Maybe it's just 'cause I have a thing for Rick Moranis wink but LSOH is one of my favorites as a movie as well. Maybe it's because that's what introduced me to the show. Either way :) haha. I'm just glad someone else gets it!
 
It's easy, mmkay?
Personally, though, just to emphasize the tragedy part, I would readd the deleted song We'll Have Tomorrow. Have you heard it? It would go after The Meek Shall Inherit but before Sominex.
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
Whoa! I'd never heard it before, but I just looked it up on Youtube. Found one of Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof. That song just broke my heart! 1) I'm just imagining Sominex right afterwards and 2) the video I found was recorded at Howard Ashman's memorial service. I just...wow. I can't believe this was cut. It's a beautiful song, really, and so so SO sad keeping in mind the ending. It does really bring home the tragedy of it!
 
It's easy, mmkay?
Technically, the place We'll Have Tomorrow was supposed to go would be the scene where Audrey wants to know why Seymour's talking crazily. IE, between Seymour's two angry conversations with the plant before Sominex.

It also makes the relevant line in Don't Feed The Plants make more sense. grin
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
Personally, though, just to emphasize the tragedy part, I would readd the deleted song We'll Have Tomorrow.
Hopefully you aren't expressing intentions of what you plan to do if you ever do the show, because I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

edited 20th Apr '11 10:00:46 PM by Pannic

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