As students share their presentations, you can add in additional information as “The Narrator.” Suggestions include:
Narrator says: Little Shop of Horrors begins like many musicals–with a big opening number that gives you a sense of the setting. Little Shop of Horrors is set on “Skid Row”. Listen to what this song tells us about life on Skid Row.
Group 1 Presents “Skid Row (Downtown)”
Narrator says: “So Skid Row is home for our characters. What kind of home is Skid Row?” (Allow answers.) “Right. It’s a place where people might be “on the skids” or down on their luck. After this, we meet the main character: Seymour. One day Seymour comes across an interesting plant in an old shop. He decides to buy it and bring it to Mr.Mushnik’s flower shop where he works. He names the cute little plant Audrey II after his coworker Audrey who he’s secretly in love with. He soon discovers, however, this is no ordinary plant. Let’s see why….
Group 2 Presents “Grow For Me”
Narrator says: “So what’s special about Audrey II?” (Allie answers.) “Yes! Audrey II has some unique dietary needs—blood. Turns out, Audrey II isn’t the only one with gory tastes. You see, there’s someone else in this play. He’s the reason Seymour is only secretly in love with Audrey. Audrey has a boyfriend named Orin, and he has his own strange appetite.”
Group 3 Presents “Be a Dentist”
Narrator says: “So what do we learn about Orin?” (Allow answers.) “Yes, he’s not very nice, and he’s the one thing in Seymour’s way to revealing his love for Audrey until…..”
Group 4 Presents “Suddenly, Seymour”
Narrator says: “What do we discover through this song? (Allow answers.) “What could have changed to make Audrey and Seymour feel safe enough to admit their feelings for each other?” (Allow answers but neither confirm or deny. Just allow them to wonder—we don’t want too many spoilers!) This leaves Seymour with some decisions.
Group 5 Presents “The Meek Shall Inherit”
Narrator says: “This song reveals Seymour’s choices. What are they?” (Allow answers.) What would you choose if you were Seymour?”