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It's 1950's America. Seymour, a naive orphan, was taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik, the Jewish owner of a run-down florist's in the seedy part of town in Skid Row. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks, being berated by Mr. Mushnik and crushing on the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it, names it Audrey II and by displaying it in the shop suddenly attracts the customers the shop has been missing. While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plant's rather unique appetite for blood! Audrey is frequently beaten up by her sadistic dentist boyfriend and in response to the plant’s ever-demanding threats, Seymour kills the dentist and feeds him to the plant! Mushnik pieces together clues about the strange goings on and the plot thickens. Will Audrey II take over the world.... or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?!?

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and a book by Howard Ashman. The musical is loosely based on the low-budget 1960 dark comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors

The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and rolldoo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour." 


It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production. It has become popular with community theatre, school and other amateur groups. The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.

Little Shop Original 1960 Film

​Please audition for the roles you are attracted to!

However, please try to choose the roles that best reflect your talents.

Just because you like a role doesn't mean you are suited for it, and you want to have the strongest audition possible!


As you get to know the show and the music, please pay attention to the characters' vocal ranges and required skill sets. Sometimes we can slightly adjust the key of a character's solo song, but it is best to keep accompaniment in the original key as much as possible.  

Carefully read the character descriptions and requirements below, and let us know if you have any questions!

A Note on Casting and Setting from the Licensing Company: 

The description of the set and characters in the front of the libretto-vocal book for Little Shop of Horrors were derived from the original 1982 production's Stage Manager's script and are not meant to restrict the way in which licensees stage or cast their productions of the show. Rather, they are an insight into how that production was presented. In casting your show, an inclusive approach is suggested. While any actor can play any role in the show, it is encouraged that the roles of Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon be played by actors of color. There is no such suggestion with regard to any of the other characters, regardless of how those characters have been cast in other productions. The gender of the characters, however, must remain as written in the script.


Character Breakdowns


Seymour Krelborn

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 25 to 35

Character's Ethnicity: Any

A menial laborer at Mushnik’s Flower Shop, Seymour is the improbable hero of the story. A nebbish, insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero.  

Secretly deeply in love with Audrey who is his colleague in Mushnik’s run-down Skid Row flower shop. Seymour is the owner of the carnivorous plant, Audrey II. He is a geeky plant enthusiast - and a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills, and the fact that he is so naive.  

 Strong acting and singing. 

While Seymour is shy, awkward, and a bit of a klutz, he is far from stupid! He is not a silly nerd, and therefore, should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film.

Tenor. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2


Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 25 to 35

Character's Ethnicity: Any

The gum-snapping secret love of Seymour's life, Audrey works with Seymour at the flower shop (Seymour names his plant after her.) Honest, sweet, vulnerable and insecure, Audrey is attractive but not well educated.  She dreams of a "picket fence" life. She has poor self-worth and education, but a sweet and vulnerable demeanor. She attracts the wrong sort of guy due to her extremely poor self-esteem and trashy dress sense. She suffers from feelings of hopelessness at her situation in life, including her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello. 

Strong acting/comedy and singing.

Mezzo Soprano. Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G#3

Mr. Mushnik

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 55 to 65

Character's Ethnicity: Mr. Mushnik is given to cursing in Yiddish. Their accent, if they have one, is more that of middle-class New York than of Eastern Europe.

The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop on Skid Row, and Seymour and Audrey's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative. He is a man who seldom smiles and often yells.

  Strong character actor.

Baritone if played by a male. Mezzo Soprano if played by a female. 

(Vocal range top: F4,  Vocal range bottom: G2)

Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 30 to 40

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour. An egotistical and chauvinistic dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Orin Scrivello is a motorcycle-riding black leather jacket-wearing tough-guy. He is tall, dark, handsome, and sadistic. He loves the sound of his own voice (insurance salesman/radio announcer) and dresses like a T-Birds(Grease) or Fonzie (Happy Days). His personality is something a little closer to Hannibal Lector. His fondness for his own nitrous oxide proves to be his undoing. 

Must have a maniacal laugh! Strong character actor and singer.

Baritone. (Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: G2)

The Plant (Audrey II) - Puppeteer

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 20 to 50

Puppet.  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. An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado, with teeth, the plant has an appetite for human flesh that is appeased by Seymour. Puppeteer doubles as other sizes of the plant.
The puppeteer is required on stage for the majority of the show. Puppeteer is only seen by the audience at the end of the show for bows!
(Potential of extra small ensemble role/s TBC after casting)

The role requires someone with physical acting skills to portray character and emotion purely through movement, and stamina to operate the large, heavy puppet.

Voice Of The Plant (Audrey II)

Character's Gender: N/A

Character's Age: N/A

Character's Ethnicity: N/A

The singing and speaking voice of Audrey II - the big, scary, human-eating plant the whole show is centered around. This plant has attitude!  The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A Rhythm and Blues type voice is best, think Funk/R&B/Motown. His voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack. HOWEVER, this role is often played by a woman with a great R&B sound. We'd have to transpose some keys but we are totally open to that! 

This actor/vocalist is located offstage with a microphone. 

(Potential of extra small ensemble role/s TBC after casting)

Strong character singer. Must also have a fantastically evil laugh.

Baritone/Bass. (Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: G2)

The Do-Wop Girls

(normally played by 3 actors, but we will add a few more)

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 20 to 35

Character's Ethnicity: Any 

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon are sassy teenage girls and street urchins. They sing in a hip, narrative style, acting as the occasional Greek Chorus, providing a running commentary on the action. In their “Greek Chorus” capacity, they occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it’s often with a “secret- smile” that says: “we know something you don’t know.” They are participants in the action and as “doo-wop” chorus girls outside it.  Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality and know what's really going on! They sing more than any other character and are on stage for the majority of the show.

  Think “The Supremes” or “Dream Girls."  All must have strong voices, blend well together and be capable of holding tight harmonies. Good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement. Significant presence in the show with 5-6 songs.

Mezzo-Soprano. (Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3)


Character's Gender: Any

Character's Age: Any

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Little Shop of Horrors has a flexible cast size, with a number of small cameo roles which can either be doubled up and played by the principal cast of 8, or shared amongst an ensemble.  As you know if you've ever been a part of an ACT-1 show, we keep our ensemble actors as busy as possible!


  Ensemble members should be fantastic actors and be comfortable dancing, singing and holding harmony parts to appear in various scenes and numbers.

Patrick Martin: A sleazy opportunist, Patrick Martin tries to talk Seymour and Mr. Mushnik into leaf cuttings of Audrey II.

Mr Bernstein: An uptown big-shot from NBC, Bernstein offers Seymour his own gardening show.

Mrs. Luce: The wife of the editor of Life magazine

Skip Snip


Wino #1 & Wino #2


Radio Announcer


Familiarize yourself with the musical. This part is very important! Not to mention fun :) 
You can watch it below on Youtube. The Broadway Revival version is the best (performance and directing wise, although since it's bootlegged it's not the best view of what's going on). We also linked below a good community theatre production.

Also please understand that our production will look a little different. We may make some changes to make the show more family-friendly, and also we will have an added ensemble in many numbers. 


The soundtrack is on Youtube too (listen to 1982 Off-Broadway). 

There is also the original 1960's film, and a 1986 movie adaptation out there too, but you'll get the best feel for our show by watching the musical itself. 


Whichever versions you watch, please refer to them in terms of understanding the storyline and the characters personalities and objectives - please do not copy these performances in your audition!


Production History


The musical had its world premiere Off-Off-Broadway in 1982.. It opened Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in 1982. The production was critically acclaimed and won the 1982–1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Howard Ashman wrote in the introduction to the libretto that the show "satirizes many things: science fiction, 'B' movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend." The cast starred Lee Wilkof as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey, Hy Anzell as Mr. Mushnik, Franc Luz as Orin and the other small roles, Ron Taylor as the voice of Audrey II, and Martin P. Robinson as the Audrey II puppeteer.

The production ran for five years. When it closed on November 1, 1987, after 2,209 performances, it was the third-longest running musical and the highest-grossing production in Off-Broadway history. Though a Broadway transfer had been proposed for the production, book writer Howard Ashman felt the show belonged where it was. Since it was not produced on Broadway, the original production was ineligible for the 1982 Tony Awards

An original cast recording, released in 1982, omitted the songs "Call Back in the Morning" and the reprise of "Somewhere That's Green", and had abridged versions of "Now (It's Just the Gas)," "Mushnik and Son," and "The Meek Shall Inherit." It also shifted the location of the song "Closed for Renovation," appearing in the show after "Somewhere That's Green" while appearing on the cast album after "Now (It's Just the Gas)" to serve as an upbeat bridge from Orin's death to the Act II love ballad, "Suddenly, Seymour." 

2003 tryout, Broadway and 2004 tour

In 2003, an $8 million revival of Little Shop of Horrors was planned with the goal of opening on Broadway. A pre-Broadway production debuted at the Miracle Theatre in Florida in 2003. Martin P. Robinson, who designed the original Audrey II puppets, enlisted fellow puppeteers and builders from The Jim Henson Company to create and operate new puppets for the show, ranging from the smallest plant (operated solely by Robinson) to the largest (requiring three additional puppeteers to fully control). Hunter Foster and Alice Ripley played Seymour and Audrey, and Billy Porter was the voice of Audrey II.

Critics complained that by expanding the show to fit a larger theatre, its intimacy was lost. In June 2003, the producers announced that the Broadway production was cancelled. 

The musical made its Broadway debut at the Virginia Theatre on October 2, 2003, with Foster as Seymour, Kerry Butler as Audrey, Rob Bartlett as Mr. Mushnik, Douglas Sills as Orin, Michael-Leon Wooley as the voice of Audrey II and DeQuina Moore as Chiffon. Although this was the first time it had played on Broadway, the show's success in film and numerous regional productions made it fall under the "Revival" category for the 2003 Tony Awards. Foster was nominated for the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. The revival was fairly faithful to the original 1982 production. Changes included the expanded version of the title song heard in the 1986 film, and expanded "You Never Know" with a "WSKID" radio introduction, and a revised Act I Finale and added Entr'acte before "Call Back in the Morning." The orchestrations were beefed up for the bigger theatre to add reeds, trumpets and percussion to the original 5-piece combo. 

The production closed on August 22, 2004, after 40 previews and 372 regular performances.

On the cast album demo recordings to five songs ("A Little Dental Music", "The Worse He Treats Me", "We'll Have Tomorrow", "Bad" and "I Found a Hobby") were cut during the development process of the musical were included as bonus material for the album.


In productions, the first puppet is a small potted plant "less than one foot tall" held by the actor portraying Seymour. He manipulates the plant himself with his hand and then sets it down, where it is moved by an unseen hand from beneath a shelf. The second puppet is slightly larger than the first and is operated by Seymour during the song "You Never Know". A fake arm in a sleeve matching Seymour's jacket is attached to the plant's pot, while the actor's real arm operates the plant. The third puppet sits on the floor and is large enough to hide a person inside, who moves the plant's mouth in sync with Audrey II's voice, which is supplied by an offstage actor on a microphone. The puppeteer's legs are clad in green tights with "leaf" shoes that serve as part of the plant's tendrils. In Act II, the largest puppet again hides an actor inside, who manipulates the puppet's mouth and often some of its branches. By this point, the head is at least six feet long and capable of "swallowing" characters. For the finale, additions can be made to make the plant appear taller and even bigger. Actors and stage hands are often used to move larger branches and roots, which, in the original off-Broadway production, spilled off the stage and into the audience. In some productions, dangling vines over the house enhance the effect of Audrey II menacing the audience.

Amateur productions of Little Shop of Horrors receive designs for building the puppets from MTI, as part of the rental scripts and scores, based on the original Martin P. Robinson designs. Some companies who have produced the show in the past and built their own puppets rent them out to other companies to recoup some of their construction costs.

Differences between the Film and the Musical

The musical is based on the basic concept and dark comic tone of the original film, although it changes much of the story. The setting is moved from Skid Row, Los Angeles - to Skid Row in New York. Seymour's hypochondriacal Jewish mother is omitted in the musical, and Seymour becomes an orphan in the care of Mushnik. Also dropped is the subplot involving the two investigating police officers. The characters of Mrs. Siddie Shiva and Burson Fouch are also omitted, although Mrs. Shiva is mentioned as being the shop's biggest funeral account. The gleefully masochistic dental patient, originally played by Jack Nicholson, is not in the musical but is in the 1986 film, played by Bill Murray.

In the musical, the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello, is killed by suffocation from laughing gas instead of being stabbed with a dental instrument as in the film. His abusive relationship with Audrey is added to the musical to give Seymour a motive to kill him. In the film, Seymour murders several innocent bystanders, and Mushnik tricks a thief into looking for money inside the plant, which eats the thief. In the musical, Seymour tricks Mushnik in the same way when Mushnik plans to turn Seymour over to the police. The two neighborhood girls in the film are replaced in the musical by a chorus of three street urchins: CrystalChiffon and Ronette, named after (and reminiscent of) girl groups of the 1960s. The plant is named "Audrey II" in the musical, rather than the film's "Audrey Junior," and instead of being a crossbreed of a butterwort and a Venus Flytrap, in the musical it is a creature from outer space intent on taking over the world.

Perhaps the biggest difference is the ending. The musical ends with Orin, Mushnik, Audrey and Seymour all eaten by the plant, and the three girls report that Audrey II's progeny continues to consume people. In the 1960 film, Mushnik and Audrey survive, and the plant's carnivorous activities are discovered when its flowers bloom with the faces of its victims, including Seymour, imprinted on them. The musical references this ending in its finale, in which the Plant's four victims' faces are seen in its blooming flowers.

The change in ending of the musical contributes to its portrayal of class struggles and moral values. While the 1986 film shows Seymour and Audrey escaping to the dream suburban house, encapsulating ideals of the 1950s American Dream, the musical hints to a metaphorical portrayal of Seymour's greed as the plant. Seymour's greed gradually consumes himself and Audrey. The musical engages with ideas relating to human values in the face of capitalist culture, disempowering those who are enveloped with motivations of personal monetary gain and overlook moral values. It serves as a social commentary of commodity fetishism.


  • An extremely popular film adaptation of the musical was released in 1986.  Directed by Frank Oz, it featured a screenplay entirely written by Howard Ashman and featured a new song written by Ashman and Alan Menken, "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" (which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award).  It starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene (once again transferring from the original production), Vincent Gardenia, and Steve Martin.  After the musical's ending tested badly with audiences, the filmmakers chose to rewrite the ending completely, with a happy resolution for Seymour and Audrey.  The film received many positive critical accolades.

  • A Saturday morning animated cartoon entitled Little Shop, based on the musical, ran for one season in 1991. Inspired by the success of Frank Oz's film, the cartoon toned down a large amount of the dark humor and violence, but still featured the same characters.

  • By the time the original closed, Little Shop Of Horrors was both the third-longest running musical and the highest-grossing production in off-Broadway history.

  • The story of the musical has been parodied in various television shows, including Family Guy, American Dad, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and The Simpsons.

  • The success of Little Shop Of Horrors put the team  of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken on the map.  That helped catch the attention of Disney, who hired the team to write all of the songs for the hit Disney films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

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