July 7 & 10, 2021

Musical comedy will be in full bloom with this perennially-popular, award-winning musical. Little Shop of Horrors blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown tunes into a charming and totally-twisted, monster hit. A strange and unusual plant seems like just the thing to save the troubled Skid Row flower shop and its unfortunate employees, Seymour and Audrey. But when that plant turns out to feed on human blood alone with plans of world domination… well, things get messy. With Grammy and Academy Award-winning songs, you’ll laugh and cringe at this darkly comedic horror musical. Directed by Nastacia Guimont, a GREAT Alumni and professional actor making her GREAT directing debut and Choreography by Desiree’ Clark and musical direction by Hillary Vermillion.  This production will be auditioning adult actors and is trying to cast in a way that reflects our community. All roles are open to all ethnicities.

Key Dates

  • Audition Sign Up HERE
  • In Person Auditions: Wednesday, July 7th 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, July 10th 10am-Noon. Held at GREAT Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387.
  • Call-backs: Wednesday, July 14th at 6:00pm. 
  • Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm starting Monday, July 26th and one Saturday rehearsal Sept. 4th 9am-5:00pm at the Paramount. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal.
  • Tech rehearsals: Sept. 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th 6:00-11:00pm. All actors will be called.
  • Performances: Sept. 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th at 7:30pm, Sept. 12th and 19th at 2:00pm.

What to prepare

Please choose a character below and prepare one song to sing. You will learn a short dance sequence at the audition.  Readings will take place as needed at call-backs.

Please reach out with any questions about auditions to Breana@GreatTheatre.org or Dennis@GreatTheatre.org.

Character Breakdown

Seymour (Lead) – Male. 25-35. Ideally we like to cast Seymour and Audrey of similar heights (with Audrey in heels.) 

Shy, a bit clumsy, unsure of himself but does right by his people. Meek. He started life as an orphan on Skid Row, but was taken in by his current boss Mr. Mushnik. Taking care of plants and learning about them are his joy. He is likable and well-meaning, but his naïveté often gets him into sticky situations.  Strong actor and singer. 

Vocal range top: G4 – Vocal range bottom: A2

Audrey (Lead)– Female. 25-35. Ideally we like to cast Seymour and Audrey of similar heights (with Audrey in heels.) 

Kind-hearted, a dreamer. She is stylish and attractive and uses her beauty more as a means of survival. She has a warped sense of self worth from a painful past, but it does not define her.  A life lived in Skid Row has not tarnished her ability to dream a way out of a desperate circumstance. Strong acting and singing; comedic timing skills a plus. 

Vocal range: bit of belt Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: G#3

Mr. Mushnik (Supporting) – Male- 45-65 

A struggling flower shop owner with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Nosy, father figure to Seymour. Brutally honesty and hard on his employees. Profit-driven. Beneath his rough exterior is a man just trying to survive and who truly cares about Seymour and Audrey. Strong character actor with some singing. 

Vocal range top: F4 – Vocal range bottom: G2

Orin Scrivello (Supporting) Male, 30-40, Tall 5’10” and up 

Audrey’s Dentist boyfriend. He is arrogant, self-satisfied and abusive. Handsome and can light up a room with his toxic charm. Constantly asserting his masculinity and abusing power in attempts to maybe hide his own vulnerability. His sickness lies in deriving pleasure in causing things pain and abusing nitrous oxide.  Strong character actor and singer who can also deliver a bit of a comic edge. Ability to play other minor roles such as Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip and more. 

Vocal range top: G4 – Vocal range bottom: G2

The Plant (Audrey II) Male of Female, 18+ 

A non-speaking puppeteer (experience not required) who manipulates various stages of the plant as it gets bigger. Strong physical acting skills and the ability to portray character and emotion purely through movement. Has stamina to operate the large, heavy final puppet. 

Voice of the Plant (Audrey II) Male or Female, 20-50

Actor/vocalist located offstage.  Larger than life, their voice carries wondrous weight and presence. Foul-mouthed. Smooth, Sweet-talking and street smart. They ooze the rhythm and blues. The Plant is very persuasive and excels at getting what it wants. Strong character actor and singer. Has excellent funky R&B vocal chops.  

Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon aka The Street Urchins 3 Females, 18-30

Street-styled girl group with infectious energy and confidence. They are the light and soul of Skid Row who can sing well and know it. They are the no-nonsense driving force of the story; essentially a funky Greek chorus who comment on the action and have the strongest grip on reality. Strong harmony singers with excellent movement skills that can synchronize well within a group. 

Vocal range top: F5 – Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Please note!  Our 2021 shows will all have rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings with only ONE Saturday rehearsal each. This was the overwhelming request from our most recent volunteer survey.  We want to make being a great show more accessible and so have re-designed our schedules and are considering adding childcare and transportation help as needed.  And all 2021 shows will be live streamed in addition to performed live to ensure access for all.