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LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?

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LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#0
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:21pm
Hey Guys
i'm doing little shop of horrors at my high school and playing seymour and i guess i was wondering your opinions on whether the whole show is just a big goof or if some parts are sincere and sad at times-certain examples of this seriousness would be the end of the meek will inherit or when seymour feeds Audrey to the plant-are there some parts in a show filled with comedy where there is a sad/touching aspect in it?
Thanks a lot
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#1
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:23pm
Some parts of hilarious, and some part CAN be heartbreaking if done right in my opinion. Underneathe everything, Seymour and Audrey are lonely people, which is inherrently saddening...
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#2
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:47pm
Howard Ashman's original Off-Broadway production achieved a mix of camp and heart that I haven't seen equaled, in any other production, or the film, for that matter. When Audrey sang "Somewhere That's Green," both in the initial version and in the reprise, you were surprised by how much you cared for these characters, as much as the rest of the show was a hoot. The supporting characters can play the heightened cartoonishness of the materlal, but I think there has to be an earnestness to the performances of Audrey and Seymour, without knowingly playing the comedy of the roles, in order to achieve the perfect balance.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#3
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:51pm
I think that this is not a decision for mebers of BWW, but rather for your director.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#4
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:54pm
don't play audrey or seymore for laughs. they must be played with all sincerity and their naivity will naturally come out as humor at the right times.
somewhere thats green is so heartbreaking when done correctly.
the end, when he feeds her to the plant is sad, but there is humor mixed in...audrey says, "when i die...which should be very shortly..."
the supporting characters should definately be played as big charicatures.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#5
Posted: 2/12/06 at 10:58pm
I find the underlying themes to actually be somewhat serious - poverty and what you will do to escape it.

So, to play it all for laughs would undermine what I think is the underlying heart and emotion of the story.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#6
Posted: 2/12/06 at 11:14pm
and i do agree with horton. depends on the concept your director wants to go with.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#7
Posted: 2/12/06 at 11:21pm
As a former LSOH director I must say that the best result comes when you play this material as serious as possible.
David walked into the valley With a stone clutched in his hand He was only a boy But he knew someone must take a stand There will always be a valley Always mountains one must scale There will always be perilous waters Which someone must sail -Into the Fire Scarlet Pimpernel
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#8
Posted: 2/13/06 at 12:44am
I agree with any and all comments made that one shouldn't play for laughs. What's funny is the writing that when played sincerely becomes all the more funny. And there are moments in the show that can absolutely break your heart.

Every production I have seen that only played for laughs was truly an artistic failure---never seen this tactic work for LSOH.
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re: LSOH: Complete Comedy or Mix?#9
Posted: 2/13/06 at 12:47pm
At its core, it's a parody of B-grade Sci-Fi flicks. But I do agree that Seymour and Audrey are the heart of it. In my personal opinion, I think the piece just starts to lose its ...brightness and campiness towards the end. "Audrey's Death" can be a poignant, heartbreaking moment. Even before then, I think the characters start to flesh out and stop being 2-dimensional architypes/parodies -- they turn into real people.

Ah...the magic of theatre.

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