Little Shop; Lot of Work
The RPA Theatre Group has proven time and again that they can put on an entertaining performances. Their plays are such that with each performance enormous crowds are drawn to watch in awe as RPA’s thespians bring the stage to life. This time, the crowds will assemble for the group's newest play, Little Shop of Horrors, and it has been an effort to create this monster of a play.
By the time Little Shop is performed, the actors will have rehearsed their parts over a hundred hours in class. The Theater Design Class has a tough job as well, they have created and maintained all the props on set, costumes, makeup, lighting and everything else involved.
Sydney Scott explained that “The audience probably knows about 10% of what we do behind stage”. In Little Shop, there are four man eating plant puppets, each with the name Audrey 2. The largest puppet, the true Man Eater, lives up to its monstrous reputation; it is over seven feet tall with three people needed to operate it, and, due to its complexity, the puppet broke and had to be welded back together. Regardless, this was only a small bump and now everyone is focusing on how to put all the parts they have been practicing into one, cohesive piece.
The crew does a lot of work on the show but so do the actors: they are the focal point of the production- many, also are in the Theater Design Class. With over twenty five songs in the production there is potential for mis-sung lyrics, missed cues and misplaced footing. However, they have practiced so much that everyone on set agrees that they are more than a little sick hearing Little Shop’s long list of songs. Their effort has paid off though as the life that the actors bring to the stage. Their acting is amazing and in all the plays from RPA, they never fail to represent their “show must go on” attitude.
Katie Bullock, the assistant director explained she “wants to maximize how cool it can look on stage to distract from the fact that they are in a cafeteria and not in an auditorium. I want our shows to be so good that the audience will forget where they are.” Needless to say the RPA Theater Department, actors and crew alike, put tremendous effort into their shows to make them a pleasure to attend.