CONWAY — M&D at Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse will be holding auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin, as directed by Eric Jordan, at 2760 White Mountain Highway in North Conway on Sunday, June 16, and Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.
There are nine roles available (three female and six male) and ensemble.
Seymour Krelborn (tenor): Seymour is the nebbish-like and insecure menial laborer at Mushnik’s Flower Shop. He is naive and feels much put-upon. In spite of his flaws, he’s sweet and well-meaning. Seymour is the owner of the carnivorous plant, Audrey II.
Audrey (soprano): The gum-snapping, secret love of Seymour’s life, Audrey works with Seymour at the flower shop. Lacking in education and self-esteem, she suffers from feelings of hopelessness at her situation in life, including her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello.
Mr. Mushnik (baritone): Owner of Mushnik’s Flower Shop, a failing business on Skid Row, Mr. Mushnik is given to cursing in Yiddish. He is a man who seldom smiles and often yells.
Orin Scrivello (baritone): Audrey’s dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello is a motorcycle-riding black leather jacket-wearing tough-guy. He is tall, dark, handsome, and sadistic. His fondness for his own nitrous oxide proves to be his undoing.
Audrey II (baritone/bass): A wise-cracking anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado with teeth, Audrey II is Seymour’s favorite and soon-famous plant. Seymour purchased the plant at Chang’s Flower Shop during a mysterious total eclipse of the sun; but once the plant has the taste of human blood there is no stopping it.
Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon (mezzo to soprano) – Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and as “doo-wop” chorus girls outside it, Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon often sing directly to the audience in a hip, narrative style.
The following three roles are played by the same actor who is baritone/tenor.
Patrick Martin: A sleazy opportunist, Patrick Martin tries to talk Seymour and Mr. Mushnik into leaf cuttings of Audrey II.
Bernstein: An uptown bigshot from NBC, Bernstein offers Seymour his own gardening show.
Mrs. Luce: The wife of the editor of Life magazine
Puppeteers, derelicts, and customers: A small ensemble of actors to fill out roles throughout the show. Must be able to sing.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a singing audition. This musical requires singing ability on several levels, so actors should prepare a singing audition that they feel demonstrates their musical theater style singing abilities. Bring a karaoke/accompaniment track of your song on a flash drive.
Performance dates for “Little Shop of Horrors” are Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15. through Sept. 1.