Little Shop of Horrors - February 15 - February 18, 2018

East Central College

 Director's Notes 

 

The 1986 film version of Little Shop of Horrors is one of the world's most popular films- a nerdy floral assistant, an abusive dentist, a fragile blond ingenue and a large green plant that eats people are ingrained in our cultural psyche.

 

The stage version is very similar- the plant Audrey II is traditionally played by an actor inside a series of increasingly large puppets. I've seen quite a few versions of Little Shop on stage- it is one of my favorite shows. The music is catchy, the story is fun and most of all- the moral of giving up who we are for what we think we want is one that really resonates with me. 

 

A few years ago, I read about a production of LSOH that used a person as Audrey II - I found the idea fascinating. So when I chose Little Shop of Horrors as part of our season, I took the idea of exploring who Audrey II really is and how she is able to manipulate Seymour into doing what she wants as the basis for my concept.

 

Giving the plant a 'human face' (literally) is my way of trying to tell the story from another angle- what if we looked at how the 'plant' grows inside Seymour's mind, causing him to do things he never would without that voice inside his head? What if everything that happens to Seymour during the entire show is the result of the manipulations of the plant? If every character on stage was somehow 'controlled' by the mind games and power of Audrey II?

 

The show you are going to see today is the result- and it is also the result of a great deal of hard work by many people. Many thanks go to my creative collaborators Chris Page and Colin Healy, who have been working with me for several years and who didn't blink an eye when I said I wanted to go with a different concept. My scenic designer Chris Swanson and props designer Shane Dawson, costume designer Marci Franklin and our newest team member Kevin Shaw, who all provided beautiful designs for the production. My cast, crew and orchestra- who have all worked long hours preparing for the shop to open. 

 

We would all like to express how grateful we are to the ECC Administration- your financial and moral support of our program is unwavering and it is because of you that we can produce high level art that supports our academic mission. 

 

And of course- to you, our audience. We have been operating for over 45 years because you want to sit in the dark and go on a journey with us. We could do none of this without you. Thank you.

 

Feed the plants!!

 

Grace Austin.

Director, Little Shop of Horrors. 

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