A TOE-TAPPING, finger-clicking, musical-in-the-making is searching for a cast of new and seasoned actors to tell the humorous story of a flesh-eating plant.
Yes, you heard correctly: Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company (ALOTCo) is back for 2018, and is putting on Little Shop of Horrors and wants you to be a part of it.
An information night will be held on January 31 at the theatre’s home turf, and director Airell Hodgkinson said the door is open to everyone.
“We don’t just sit there and go, ‘next!’; we are all warm and fuzzy and we support everyone who has a go,” he said of the audition process.
“We have lots of different people try-out too – we have plenty of people left-of-field who come in and get main roles.
“We want to encourage people to have a go, because you don’t know what it’s going to be like unless you have a go.
“What better way to start your first experience with the audition process, than with a community theatre?”
Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of a florist’s assistant on his quest for money, love and fame, with the help of an out-of-this-world plant that eats people.
Hodgkinson said the “quirky” play has plenty of roles for people, whether they want to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes.
“The original script had a cast of about eight people, so we’ve added roles to improve the accessibility to the play,” he said.
“It’s got very catchy music, a bit of rock and doo-wop and motown, and some new technical challenges with the puppets.
“The vibe of the show will be a mixture of the original film, the newer film and the musical.”
There are several roles up for grabs in Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour, the lead male character who is clumsy but the eventual hero; Audrey, dubbed “a tart with a heart”; Mushnik, the greedy owner of the flower shop and; the voice of The Plant, desired to be “James Brown meets Ray Charles in an evil way”.
If you think Little Shop of Horrors could be your next singing and acting venture, check out the ALOTCo website and Facebook page.
After the January 31 information night at 7pm, auditions will be held on February 3 and 4.
Audition songs and scripts will be posted on the Facebook page soon.
Rehearsals will be 7pm to 9pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and 9am Saturday mornings, and the musical is set to play throughout May.