Young talent needed to bring killer plant alive on stage

A horror comedy musical about a killer plant is looking to recruit budding young talent to join its cast.

The Little Shop of Horrors is the autumn youth production being staged by Sheringham Little Theatre.

And the hunt is on for actors and singers aged 14 to 25 to take chorus and lead roles – including the voice of the flowering killer which has come from outer space and got a taste for human blood.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “The youngsters have been keen to do this for a while – and it is a fun show that will challenge on the props and scenery front as well as showcasing local performance talent.”

The show, which was a stage musical and a movie, is set in a run-down American flower shop owned by Mr Mushnik and manned by timid Seymour and his love interest Audrey. In a dark comedy laced with 1960s style pop music including Motown , the wilting alien plant, Audrey 2, thrives when it is fed human beings.

It is being directed by Harry Williams, 22, from North Walsham who has been performing with the theatre for 10 years, and Jess Chamberlin, from Thorpe Market, who was assistant director for the spring youth musical, Oliver. Charlie Randall from Brampton is helping with production.

Mrs Thompson said the whole production, including choreography and musical direction, was being run by young people, who had a “cunning plan” to bring the plant alive.

Auditions are being held on Sunday May 28 at 10am for cast wanting to take part in the show that runs from September 27-29 – with rehearsals during the summer.

Chorus hopefuls, and those aiming to be street urchins, should arrive read to sing Little Shop of Horrors.
Lead roles should be prepared to read scenes and sing one of the characters’ songs:

• Seymour Krelborn – Grow for Me
• Audrey – Somewhere That’s Green
• Mr Mushnik – solo part of Ya Never Know from beginning to “rake in the bucks for me hand over first
• Voice of Audrey 2 (the plant) – Feed Me (Git it)
• Orin Scrivello – Dentist!

For more information about the show and auditions call the theatre on 01263 822347or email Debbie@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Help! Co-director Harry Williams fights off a man-eating plant to plea for young cast members for Little Shop of Horror, Picture: Matt Coomber

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