Title: Little Shop of Horrors
Type: Musical Script
Author: Howard Ashman
The story of Little Shop of Horrors is about a young man named Seymour Krelborn who is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s flower shop in urban Skid Row. He has a big crush on fellow co-worker Audrey. One day Seymour comes across a strange mysterious unidentified plant which he purchases and names Audrey II. Seymour later discovers that the plant feeds on blood and soon it begins to sing for its supper. Audrey has a cruel and brutal dentist boyfriend named Orin and soon enough, Seymour ends up feeding Orin to the plant. Now Audrey II wants to take over the world.
Little Shop of Horrors is a musical based on a man eating plant. What I liked about reading this script was how it was written, and how the character personalities came through so well in the dialogue and it was clear how the characters might sound. For example there is a small group called The Ronnettes and they are 3 street urchins who narrate the whole show. They are hip, funky and bratty in character. Here is an extract of some dialogue between the Ronnettes and Mr Mushnik the shop owner.
“Urchins, get off the stoop!”
“We’re not bothering anybody are we Crystal?’ Crystal
“No we’re not Ronnette.”
“You ought to be in school.”
“We’re on the split shift.”
“Right, we went to school till the fifth grade, and then we split.” Mr Mushnik
“How do you intend to better yourselves?”
“Better ourselves? Did you hear what he said, better ourselves? Mister, when you from Skid Row, ain’t no such thing!”
Another great example of the characters personality coming through in the dialogue is with the character Audrey. Audrey is a blond headed girl and is unhappy about her current abusive relationship with Orin the dentist. She sings about her true dreams of a perfect life with Seymour, and through this she is seen as vulnerable and how she is defenceless against Orin the...
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