Theater auditions: ‘Little Shop’ in Mount Dora

Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors at the IceHouse Theatre:

The IceHouse Theatre announces
AUDITIONS for
The musical spoof of 1950’s sci-fi movies
Little Shop of Horrors
Singing Auditions:  Saturday, July 24: 1 – 4 pm
and Sunday, July 25: 7 – 9 pm

The IceHouse Theatre is holding singing auditions for Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday, July 24 from 1-4 pm and on Sunday, July 25 from 7-9 pm.  The long-running Off-Broadway hit musical by songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman also became a highly successful film.  The story is based on an original 1950’s science fiction film by Roger Corman, with screenplay by Charles Griffith.

Little Shop of Horrors will run September 17-October 10, 2010 playing fifteen performances, as the second offering in The IceHouse’s 2010-2011 Season; its 63rd year as Mount Dora’s own community theatre.

The Auditions are by Appointment Only:  Singers: Age 18 to Adult can request an audition slot for either Saturday, July 24 or Sunday, July 25, by e-mailing a request to:  darlin@icehousetheatre.com.  An appointment time will be sent by return e-mail.

Auditioners: please send a performing resume and a photo, if available.  Singers are requested to prepare a popular or Broadway song similar in style to the score, and to bring sheet music in the correct key.  Some actors may be asked to read from the script.

Music Director Terry Thomas will play piano for the auditions which are being held at the IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora, FL 32757.  If necessary to complete casting, limited callbacks may be held on Monday, July 26, 7-9 pm.  The show is being directed by Darlin Barry, the theatre’s Managing Artistic Director.

The Story:  Floral shop employee, Seymour, discovers an exotic plant species at a flea market and brings it back to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, where the mysterious plant draws in curiosity seekers and customers.  Mr. Mushnik is thrilled with the new business, but soon, Seymour learns the plant has an unusual appetite that must be satisfied so that it will grow.  Meanwhile, the shop’s meek floral assistant, Audrey, is dating a sadistic dentist, Orin, whose cruelty towards her angers Seymour, and he vows to rescue her.  The plant, named the “Audrey 2,” having developed a mind and a rhythm-and-blues singing voice of its own, demands that Seymour fulfill its cravings, promising wealth and fame in exchange.  Throughout the story, outside Mushnik’s shop on Skid Row, three female ‘street urchins,’ Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal, sing clever and ironic ‘doo-wop’ songs that provide a running narrative backdrop that underscores the hilarious and darkly comic events.

The Roles and Ages of the Characters:
MALES:  Seymour: 25-35; Mr. Mushnik: 55-60; Orin: 30-45; Male Actor #4: 30-50; a fourth male may be cast to play some or all of eight cameos or these roles will be shared with the actor playing Orin.  Male Actor #5: 30-55 — the powerful rhythm-and-blues singing and speaking voice of the “Audrey 2” plants; this actor performs on an off-stage microphone.  Male Actors #6 & #7: 15-25 – two male performers with significant upper body strength and endurance are required for the puppeteers who will alternate performances as the physical aspect of “Audrey 2” inside the plant manipulating the mechanics; these are non-speaking, non-singing roles.

FEMALES:  Audrey: 20-30; Chiffon, Ronnette & Crystal: 16-30 – A diverse trio of performers is sought for these three extremely important singing roles; we encourage singers of all ethnicities to audition.  Chiffon, Ronnette & Crystal are also required to be good-to-excellent dancers as their musical numbers are choreographed.

The 2010-2011 Season is being funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, The First National Bank of Mount Dora, The Mount Dora Community Trust, Florida Hospital Waterman, Waterman Communities, Carpet Works as well as by individual donors.

The IceHouse Theatre is a non-profit organization offering opportunities for all members of the Central Florida region to participate in live theatre, either on stage, back stage, as ushers, in concessions or with special fundraising events and activities.  We welcome all newcomers who wish to join the Friends of the IceHouse volunteer group, and are proud to provide cultural enrichment to the residents of our community.

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