Carte Blanche Studios Theatre announces open auditions for the musical comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors,” They will take place from 7:00 – 10:00p.m. Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012.

“Little Shop of Horrors” was written by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken, who is responsible for the well-known scores for “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” It’s the story of a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek,”Little Shop Of Horrors” never fails to entertain!

Roles are available for both men and women. The male lead is Seymour, who finds the plant. He is a naive, well-meaning, unsuspecting hero. His paramour is Audrey, who is not very bright but is incredibly sweet and vulnerable.

Other male roles are for Orin, Mr. Mushnik and the voice of Audrey II, the plant. Orin is a tall, dark and handsome dentist, with sadistic tendencies, who will also play a variety of other small comic roles. Mr. Mushnik is the owner of plant store where Seymour works. He is a demanding boss that seldom smiles but often sweats. Finally, Audrey II is the name Seymour gives the ever-growing plant. This role is only voice work but requires a great actor and vocalist. They will need to have a strong bass voice, with a larger than life and commanding personality. They must be able to authentically belt gospel, soul, and funk.

Other female roles include Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon. These female performers will need to be a triple threat, singing, dancing and acting. The trio often acts as narrators and storytellers. They are sophisticated, street-smart and cunning.

Finally there is a need for a non-speaking puppeteer to work with the small and large Audrey II plants. No training is needed, but essential will be physical requirements.

Open auditions will take place Wednesday, Feb 22, at Carte Blanche Studios, 1024 S 5th Street, in Milwaukee beginning at 7:00 p.m. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16 – 32 bars from the show, which we will provide. We will have a different selection for each character, so you may be asked to sing more than once depending on the role/roles you are auditioning for. There will be an accompanist present. If people want to be considered for Crystal, Ronnette or Chiffon, they should be prepared to dance.

At the initial audition, performers may be asked to read from the script, which we will provide. Also, please bring a headshot and resume if you have one available.

If needed, callback auditions will be held Thurs, Feb 23 at 7:00 p.m. If not, we may use Thurs as the first read through.

“Little Shop of Horrors” will run from April 13 – 29, with rehearsals beginning immediately after it is cast. The rehearsals will be Monday-Friday, 6:30-10 p.m. and possibly a couple of Saturdays or Sundays.
For further information contact James Dragolovich at (414) 688-7313 or .