Employed in a run-down East Side Flower Shop in skid row. He is the insecure, naïve, put-upon florist’s clerk – our hero. He’s sweet and well-meaning, somewhat shy, awkward; lacking in social skills. A menial laborer at Mushnik’s Flower Shop. Nebbish-like, he feels much put-upon. In spite of his flaws, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. Seymour becomes the owner of the carnivorous plant, Audrey II. He has a whole lot of insecurity going on, but as the show progresses and the plant grows more powerful, so does his confidence. Comic timing a must.
"Who cares if I’ve been a little on the anemic side these past few weeks? So what if I’ve had a few dizzy spells, a little light headedness. It’s been worth it, old pal."
Well, Twoey. I’m a little hungry. I’m gonna run down to Shmendrik’s and get a bite to eat. I’ll see you later…
Oh boy, here we go again. Look, I haven’t got much left. Just give me a few more days to heal, okay? Then we’ll start hand and…"
Song: "Git It" - Measures 33-45
Owner of the flower shop; the boss. He is a failure as a florist. Jewish middle-class New York. Sweats a lot. Mushnik is given to cursing in Yiddish. He is a man who seldom smiles and often yells. This almost retirement-aged Jewish store owner has pretty much one thing at his core – self-preservation. He has somewhat fatherly tendencies towards Audrey, but oddly enough, NOT towards Seymour, who he eventually adopts. His personality has the ability to be conniving and dark, but then turn on a dime and be sweet, happy and the life of the room.
"You forgot? How could you forget and order like that? The Shivas are our most important funeral account! A big, enormous family and they’re dropping off like flies! I’m telling you, Krelborn, if we lose their business over this… YOU… ARE… FINISHED!!!"
Song: "Mushnik and Son" - Measures 15-28
Egotistical, rough and insensitive; Audrey’s abusive boyfriend. He’s a sadistic dentist, dressed like a greaser, but thinks like an insurance salesman. He’s in love with the sound of his own voice. A motorcycle-riding, black leather jacket-wearing tough-guy. He is tall, dark, handsome, and sadistic. His fondness for his own nitrous oxide proves to be his undoing. Orin’s addiction to causing others pain is both his motivation for life, and the eventual cause of his death.
"Oh the gas isn’t for you, Seymour. It’s for me. I want to really enjoy this and I find that a little giggle gas before we begin increases my pleasure enormously. In fact… I’m gonna use my special gas mask! Just relax, Seymour. I’ll be with you in a moment.
Ohhhhhboy, Seymour, I am flyin’ now! Oh, the things we’re gonna do to your mouth! Henhenhennhenhenhenyeah! Well, I guess I’ve had about enough of this stuff. I’ll just take the mask off and.."
Song: "Be a Dentist" - Measures 42-73
Additional Support: Since the timing of this particular song can be a little tricky, Mrs. Herrington has provided this additional track that serves as an example:
Audrey II (Voice of the Plant)
An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A funky Rhythm and Blues voice is best.
"Does this look inanimate to you punk?
If I can talk and I can move, who’s to say I can’t do anything I want.
(Seymour: Like what?)
Like deliver, pal. Like see you get everything your secret, greasy heart desires."
Song: "Git It" - Measures 1-33