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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. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Hey Scoot! I can not thank you enough for coming to see the show! I'm sorry i missed you, i think you said you noticed me before the show? I always peek out the side door to see which of my friends, family, co workers etc were sitting and to see who was there. i got over 90 people to come see the show in our two week run, there were even a few people who knew me that didn't know i was in the show when they came!

    I also felt the whole cast was perfect for every part! When I went to the first read through rehearsal i was very happy with the voice of the plant, Joe, the voice actor did an amazing job and he and i worked together like magic! I'm sad that it is over, but with the way the cast and crew grew together like a family there had been talk about bringing the show back in the spring maybe like in May. I so hope that we do! and the director wants to build an even bigger pod # 4! The show was great and it really was a dream come true. people said It wasn't like a community theater show and many said that it was one of the best things that the Opera House has has ever done! I gotta get some stuff together but i will post pics, and a review when i can!

    I am going to miss it so much, but hopefully we will be back, but this is just the start of my acting debut. I am already in a new show, "Crazy for You" as a cowboy through word of mouth from a few members of the cast who were in little shop and are going to be in Crazy for you. there were in need of a few extra cow boys. show opens soon though! Nov 20th! but it's been great jumping right into a new show!

    Thank you to all for your support, advice, and stories! I did everything i could to be the best Audrey 2! I got to see the tape of the show after we closed and i was amazed with the show and myself!
  2. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Not to bring up a dead thread, but my auditions for Little Shop were tonight (just came back!).

    I got a new puppet a couple months ago primarily for these auditions (but for other reasons, too, but mostly that). I obviously brought him to auditions with me. I tried very hard to keep the puppet out of my director's sight until I was needed. And oh my god, the look on her face when she saw the puppet for the first time. I sang "Grow For Me" and had her (and the musical director!) in stitches. She commented that she thought my puppet looked like Lamb Chop, I don't see the resemblance (http://www.russwalko.com/otter outside copy.jpg) but it's there I guess. :)

    Gotta keep hoping for the best!
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Oh, I'm so jealous of everyone who got to go see the show. Especially to meet my ol' buddy Zack.

    Bob, hope your auditions went well.
  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Unfortunatly, my auditions did not go well. My director is so biased towards the same 5-6 kids for leads so one of them got to be the puppeteer and I'm just in the ensemble. I'd go into the painful details of what happened after that audition, but I won't. At least not on the forum.
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Some theaters are problematic in that they have a certain few performers the directors prefer over others. It's a bit disappointing. Although, had I not been paranoid I could have been in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown had I not assumed the director would pick other performers. After all, I already have the head-shape and the shirt.
  6. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Well, if you know my school theater: favortism goes into play quite frequently (our actress playing Audrey didn't even have to read, she got the role by default and cast members who didn't even show up to callbacks were cast in big roles).
  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    That stinks.
  8. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I know, but at the end of the day, it's my director's problem and no one else's, if she wants one of her favorites to be the puppeteer of the plant over a trained puppeteer, that's her loss. Especially since I just started a Puppetry Club at this very same school (my meeting with the principal to get us on the club schedule is tomorrow!).
  9. davidmartiste

    davidmartiste Well-Known Member

    I'm so excited for you! I wish there was a puppetry club when I was in school [many moons ago]. I've come up against casting directors playing favorites in the past too and I think playing to your strengths and expressing your true passion [puppetry] will get you further and be much more rewarding in the end. I would say "if there's anything we can do to help - let us know' but, I can only speak for myself so - truly - if there's anything I can do.... Keep us informed too... I'd gladly make the trek to see a show.
  10. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

    All I can say is... get used to it! There's so much truth to the adage, "it's not what you know, it's who you know". Talent is rarely the number one criterion!

    A few years ago I auditioned for a production of Jekyll & Hyde. Truly, it was the best audition I'd ever given in decades of performing. Literally everyone else who auditioned told me that they were sure I'd get the title roles. I told them that "I have nothing until a cast list is posted". Which certainly turned out to be good advice as the director chose to cast himself.

    I was surprised, but not disappointed, since the most important thing in theatre I've learned is how to deal with not getting cast in a show. I've also learned that the more desperately I want a role, the worse I'll audition for it.

    When I let go of the role before auditions, I'll ultimately deliver a better audition. And then I really know that if someone else gets the part they're definitely better suited to the production than I, or it's a political mess of the director/producer's own making. It also keeps me from becoming bitter, and to maintain relationship with these people in the event that I will ever be working with them in the future.

    It's not fun, it's not fair, but it is the way it works!
  11. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's exactly what I keep thinking. Besides, this is perfect karma towards my director, teach her a lesson for casting with favortism in mind over talent. Did I mention that during callbacks she directly lied to me and said I'd be the puppeteer and then put up the cast list and changed her mind to a favorite at the last minute? Great, great director... :rolleyes:
  12. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Things are looking up... :)

    As per our actor playing Seymour's suggestion, my director has very willingly decided to let me perform pod 1. Quite frankly, this doesn't change what I think of her biased ways but I'm certainly looking more forward to this show now! :excited:

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