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I'm going to be a puppeteer in Little Shop Of Horrors!

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Zack the Dog, May 18, 2008.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I need to lose weight. Think I can get inside two of pod 4 at the same time and make it happen faster? :o
  2. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    The puppets are amazingly detailed! if i can figure out a way to put pic's up i will! Rehearsals are a lot of fun and i love working with the puppets. being in Pod 3 is a very sweaty role, but i love it and it's my favorite puppet from the show! We also have a great cast and get along great and joke around a lot! The show is coming up soon! I can't believe it and i can't wait!:)
  3. muppetfan89

    muppetfan89 Well-Known Member

    congrats man! I'm also going to be Audrey II, but for my high school and I might be doing the voice as well, but I'm not sure yet. Good luck, though.
  4. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    There's really NO way to effectively do both the voice and the manuipulation. There is simply too much mass to the puppets to be able to move them at the speed they need and have adequate air for singing and speaking. Not to mention the various postures of manipulating the puppets are not at all conducive to good singing.

    Believe me, if it were practical to do so, they would have done it in the commercial runs of the show. Producers hate to hire any more people than they absolutely need!

    It is also an exhiliarating experience to co-create a charater, learning to follow various sounds from the "voice" as he learns to give voice to the assorted movements.
  5. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Wow, lucky, my director refuses to let anyone in the regular cast audition to be any part of the plant at all. :concern: She said she was going to get a techie to do the puppetry and one of my friends who has never even done theater to be the voice (all this after she tells me that she cannot pre-cast). That doesn't mean I'm going to back down from auditioning to be the puppeteer, though. Wish me luck come December. :smirk:
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    You should do before and after pictures of yourself. A picture before the show, and then one after the show. That could be fun to see what difference is made by being in the sweaty plant puppet.
  7. muppetfan89

    muppetfan89 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking that, too, and I told the director that, too. I suggested that we pre-record the voice. Could that work?
  8. KaityDid

    KaityDid Member

    it's easier if you have a sepearte Audry II and the voice. i think thats what most productions do.
  9. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    Recording the dialog/singing would be extremely difficult as well, because of the nuances of timing. Certain portions, such as the middle part of "Feed me/Git It", and especially the timing against Seymour's and Mushnik's dialog in "Suppertime" would be near impossible. It would require a separate, dedicated sound operator who could hit every cue perfectly. It would also rob the performance of the spontenaeity that is inherent in any live performance. In short, it really is not a good idea.

    At the end of the day, the character is written the way it is for very good reasons! Little Shop of Horrors is really one of the best-structured plays when you analyze it. It is expertly crafted, and producers will do well to avoid messing with it too much.
  10. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Show opened last night!

    We have been rehearsing non stop and I have been so busy! We finally opened last night! it was amazing! Again I'm the head puppeteer Audrey 2 (pod's 1, 3, & 4) Everyone has been so impressed and we have a fantastic cast! Everyone fit's their part so well! I am enjoying everything and will be sad when it's done because everything has been so much fun! But we still have 8 performances to go! i have one tonight! I do have some pics on my facebook, but i don't know if there's a way can post them here?
    I was on our local A.M Buffalo news channel live with pod # 3 last Wednesday promoting the show with the actors of Seymour and the voice of the plant as well as our director. it was so cool and my first time on TV!:)
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey, Zack,

    You can post a link to your photos here. I'd love to see them. Don't forget the one photo before you go into the plant and before the performance, and the photo of you after the performance in the plants! I think it's be fun to see the before and after shots.

    "This is what being in a plant will do to you. Any questions?" :)
  12. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I've actually done shows like this (where the voice is prerecorded) in situations where a celebrity or specific actor provides the voice(s) and can't be in the theatre every night. It actually works just fine if you have a good sound operator; having them hit their cues perfectly is no more or less difficult than having an actor or singer do the same.
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Was the music pre-recorded with the voice-over? That would work easily enough I reckon.
  14. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider Well-Known Member

    Wow, congrats to you! Make sure you have plenty of video to post. It's always interesting seeing different productions of Little Shop!:D
  15. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Each line (or set of lines) was recorded as an individual track. The sound technician had a special machine (sorry I don't remember what it was called) that he used to cue lines.

    That way live actors could interact with the puppets. Although the puppet's lines were canned, the actor's could improv if they had to (so long as they finished with an appropriate cue line) and the performance sounded fairly spontaneous.

    I don't think it's the ideal way to do a show, but in this case the voices were all famous actors like Martin Short, Eugene Levy, and Nathan Lane and had to be recorded months before the show so it worked quite well.
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    That's cool, Buck!

    Zack, what's the re-cap of the show's run? It's over now, right?
  17. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Were there supposed to be videos from the show?
  18. muppetinsider

    muppetinsider Well-Known Member

    Isn't every show at least once or twice taped? At least for reference or to look back on for the actors. Sometimes it's not an outside videographer that is hired but just someone within the theater group that video tapes it.
  19. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    Actually it is illegal to tape even your own production of a licensed play. It is secifically stated in the performance agreement with (in the case of Little Shop opf Horrors Music Theatre International) that you are not permitted to record any aspect of your production.
  20. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Well, I'll tell you guys, Zack did a great job on the show, esepecially during the second act. It was fantastic! And I couldn't believe the puppets. They were pretty good. Very detailed, as Zack brought out earlier.

    The whole cast was pretty much perfect. Seymour's performance was very animated, and he had the character down perfect. I think I fell in love a little with Audrey. :flirt: She had a great voice and is a very good actress. And the guy playing the dentist (and everyone else) was hillarious!

    I wanted to see it again, I really wish I could have. Zack and I passed by each other before I realized who he was, and unfortunately I never got to say hi. Maybe another time.

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