Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's dark comedy musical features 1960's era rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown style musical numbers. Awkward Seymour Krelborn works for abusive Mushnik at a down and out florist shop on Skid Row. Seymour's admiration for his coworker Audrey, who dates the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, leads him to feed human blood to a talking plant that promises to make Seymour successful enough to win Audrey's love.

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Rental Costumes for Little Shop of Horrors

            What do you get when you request a FREE costume plot from The Costumer?  We will send you the listing and costume description for the entire show, organized by act and scene for your convenience. The Costumer is proud to provide quality Children’s and Adult rental costumes for productions of Little Shop of Horrors! We offer rental costumes for all of the iconic lead characters, including Seymour, Mushnik, Audrey, and Orin, as well as ensemble characters such as Customers and the Citizens of Skid Row! We also provide full-size plant puppets for Audrey II!

 

            Little Shop of Horrors is a bona fide Off-Broadway classic and for good reason! Little Shop of Horrors is horror comedy rock musical that follows the hapless florist, Seymour Krelborn, who raises a man-eating plant in order to win the heart of his ditzy coworker, Audrey. With music by Alan Menken, and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Seymour’s story is told through the style of early 1960’s rock and roll, doo-wop, and early Motown. The musical opened Off-Off-Broadway on May 6th, 1982 at the Workshop of the Players Art Foundation before having its Off-Broadway opening at the Orpheum Theatre in Manhattan’s East Village on July 27th of the same year. Menken and Ashman’s musical creation was in fact based on a 1960 black comedy film by the same name. Subsequently, Menken and Ashman’s musical production was adapted for the screen in 1986. The 1986 Little Shop of Horrors film was directed by Frank Oz and starred Rick Moranis as Seymour and has since become a cult classic. Little Shop of Horrors features a small cast for the stage, which has led the musical to have sustained popularity amongst community theatres, schools, and other amateur groups.

 

            The story begins when a god-like voice from offstage recalls a time when humanity “suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence” that surfaced from the most unlikely of places. The Skid Row comprising of Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon appear and set the scene much like a 1960’s-styled Greek chorus and warn the audience about the dangers that lie ahead (“Little Shop of Horrors”). The trio follow along with the action and provide commentary on the story throughout the show.

 

            The scene shifts to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists Shop where the audience is introduced to employee, Seymour Krelborn. Seymour is a poor young man who was orphaned on Skid Row. Seymour works alongside and is infatuated with his pretty yet ditzy blonde coworker, Audrey, under the supervision of their cranky boss, Mr. Mushnik. Audrey arrives at work late bearing a black eye from her abusive boyfriend, while Seymour clumsily makes a mess of things in the shop. After scolding Seymour for his carelessness, Mushnik chases Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon off of the shops stoop. Audrey and Seymour lament their sorry situations and dream of escaping the urban blight of their neighborhood (“Skid Row” (Downtown)”).

 

            From the very start of this kooky musical romp, The Costumer will ensure that your audience is immediately transported to Skid Row with the help of our fabulous rental costumes! The Costumer's array of rental costumes for productions of Little Shop of Horrors capture the show’s zany nature and 1960’s aesthetic with ease! The Skid Row Trio will welcome your audience to Skid Row in color coordinated 1960’s inspired jackets, blouses, and skirts. Seymour will embody that of a meek young man of the era in a pair of suntan pants, a modest blue button-down shirt, and baseball cap. The beautiful Audrey’s tacky fashion sense will be on full display with a tight-fitting black dress, gawdy fur jacket, and clutch bag. Add a short, sassy blonde wig to your rental to complete Audrey’s iconic look! Mushnik will appear before your audience as a cranky old curmudgeon of a shop owner in an aging two-piece suit, sweater vest, button down shirt and out of style tie.

 

            Later in the day, after not attracting a single customer, Mushnik announces to Seymour and Audrey that he is closing the shop for good. In order to save the shop, Seymour proposes that the business moves in a new direction. Seymour suggests that they display in the window his new strange plant, Audrey II, which he named after his beloved coworker. Mushnik scoffs at the idea at first, however the large Venus flytrap resembling plant quickly attracts a curious customer. Seymour fascinates the customer with his story of how he acquired the plant from an old Chinese man during a total solar eclipse (“Da-Doo”). Intrigued by the story, the customer buys one hundred roses.

 

            Delighted by the newfound business, Mushnik places Audrey II in the windowsill and offers to take his two employees out to dinner. Audrey declines, for she has a date with her rebellious dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello. Noticing that his new money-maker plant looks sick, Mushnik calls off dinner and orders Seymour to stay and take care of Audrey II. Alone with the plant, Seymour despairs as he tries feeding Audrey II everything, but it still remains sickly (“Grow For Me”). When Seymour accidentally pricks his finger however, he learns what the plant is truly hungry for: blood. Thus, Seymour’s journey with his fiendishly carnivorous flora begins.

 

            As the story of Little Shop of Horrors continues to unfold, The Costumer will continue to provide you and your theatre company exceptional costumes that will capture the magic of this Off-Broadway classic. Dastardly dentist, Orin Scrivello will appear in a rebellious black leather jacket, matching black jeans, and a dentist tunic with “A.D.A.” and a menacing bleeding tooth design on the back. Lastly, The Costumer’s rental puppet for Audrey II will steal the show as it makes the murderous and smooth-talking plant come to life onstage!

 

            This is only a mere glimpse at what The Costumer has to offer for productions of Little Shop of Horrors! With the help of our rental costumes, let your artistic vision come to life onstage and transport your audience to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists Shop for a delightfully comical and horrifyingly good time! Request your free plot today!

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