Little Shop of Horrors

by Howard Ashman

Directed by Dan Stone

Musical Direction - James Reddan

Puppets by Dan Stone

I love the classics from the 1950s and ’60s. I have to admit that I have a somewhat fascination with the films of Ed Wood with two of my favorites being ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and ’Bride of the Monster,’” Stone said. “When this play was suggested, I jumped at the chance to get my hands dirty with alien-spawned, man-eating plants.

This particular play posed a problem with the Audrey plants. How do we create these man eating puppets? There are four puppets that represent four different stages of the life of Audrey II. The first two are hand-operated puppets and the last two are operated by puppeteers from within the puppet.

Each stage is a different size ranging from ‘Oh so cute!’ to ‘Honey, grab the kids, we’re getting the hell out of here!’” Stone said. “With everything that we’ve been through with these plants, I would say they are my favorite thing. They are, however, the centerpiece and focus of the play.

The largest of the plants weighs over 70 pounds and is attached to the back of a single performer

You can view the creation process of these puppets in my "Mask/Puppet" section of this portfolio.

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