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Tragic Hero Project

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Transcript of Tragic Hero Project

Act One
Skid Row (Downtown)
In Skid Row, we get an insight on Seymour's back story. He started life as an orphan who was taken in by Mushnik, the owner of a rundown flower shop named after himself, who doesn't treat him very well. Unlike the classic tragic hero, modern tragic heroes do not have to be of a noble stature but rather and ordinary person. He is in love with his co-worker, Audrey who is dating an abusive dentist, but fears she doesn’t love him because he is poor orphan with no future.
Grow for Me
The musical begins with an offstage voice telling the audience of the doomed and cursed beginning, that the human race encountered a deadly treat to its very existence. In the opening number the urchins sing the song “Little Shop of Horrors” warning the audience of the dangers they are about to see. The Urchins—Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon—serve as the Greek Chorus of the show.
Ya Never Know
Mushnik & Son
Mushnik wants to adopt Seymour, knowing that after he dies Seymour could take over the flower shop. Although, he only wants to adopt him because he knows that with all of this success, Seymour could leave Skid Row and the business could go back to where it was in the beginning. Even though Seymour knows Mushnik has talk about how much he’s hated him the past, he agrees to do it.
Feed Me
Everything is working well for Seymour. His boss adopted him and the flower shop’s business is a success all because of Audrey II, who has now grown to a bigger size. The plant wilts and Seymour panics. He can’t give him anymore blood without harming himself. The plant suddenly talks to Seymour making a deal with him that if he gotit some blood—by killing someone else— it would promise him anything his heart desired. Seymour doesn’t know at first who to feed to the plant. He then sees Orin Scrivello, Audrey I’s boyfriend, hit her for forgetting her sweater at the shop. Seymour and Audrey II conclude that he is the perfect first victim. At this point we can see that Seymour’s fatal flaw is submissiveness. He knows that Mushnik doesn’t treat him very well, but he decides to let him adopt him anyway. He knows that feeding the plant his blood has made him anemic but continues to do it anyway because he knows it will give the shop business.
Now (It's Just the Gas)
The next day, Seymour makes a dentist appointment with Orin Scrivello bringing a gun. Orin sees the gun a thinks that Seymour is scared about going to the dentist and proceeds to check his teeth. Seymour tries to tell him that he isn’t actually there for an appointment, but Orin insists and Seymour lets Orin check his teeth. Again Seymour’s passiveness is showing in this scene. He doesn’t have the courage to kill Orin himself, even though he goes to the dentist fully intending to do so. He goes through an unpleasant session of dental work simply because Orin told him to do so. While Orin works, he puts on a special gas mask to give him pleasure while doing dental work on Seymour. The mask gets stuck, choking him to death. Seymour brings Orin’s body back to the flower shop to feed him to Audrey II.
Work Cited
Prologue/ Little Shop of Horrors
Mushnik is considering closing down the shop due to lack of customers. Audrey tells Seymour to bring out the strange and interesting plant he’s been working on. It’s an unidentified species he bought from an old Chinese man that appeared after a total eclipse of the sun in the wholesale flower district. He can’t identify the species in any of his books, so calls it an Audrey II. After Seymour persuades Mushnik to display it in the shop window, it attracts a customer who buys roses for fifty dollars. Mushnik wants Seymour to keep the plants alive so it would attract business, but Seymour does not know how. He accidently cuts his finger on a rose and Audrey II starts opening up. It is then discovered that Audrey II feeds in human blood. He decideds that one drop won’t hurt as long as it doesn’t become a habit.
Seymour Krelbourne
Now (It's Just the Gas)
The next day, Seymour makes a dentist appointment with Orin Scrivello bringing a gun. Orin sees the gun a thinks that Seymour is scared about going to the dentist and proceeds to check his teeth. Seymour tries to tell him that he isn’t actually there for an appointment, but Orin insists and Seymour lets Orin check his teeth. Again Seymour’s passiveness is showing in this scene. He doesn’t have the courage to kill Orin himself, even though he goes to the dentist fully intending to do so. He goes through an unpleasant session of dental work simply because Orin told him to do so. While Orin works, he puts on a special gas mask to give him pleasure while doing dental work on Seymour. The mask gets stuck, choking him to death. Seymour brings Orin’s body back to the flower shop to feed him to Audrey II.
Suppertime
Mushnik tells Seymour that he came back from the police station. They made a routine into investigation into the disappearance of Orin. When they did, they found a Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist bag in his office. Seymour claims that he is innocent, but Mushnik wants him to come down to the police station to tell them that. The plant talks to Seymour, telling him that since he knows too much, he should feed him to it. Seymour stalls Mushnik by telling him that he has to collect the day’s receipts so he can deposit them the next morning. He tells him he put them in the plant. Mushnik looks inside the plant and it swallows him whole.
The Meek Shall Inherit
Seymour is offered more opportunities because of Audrey II. They all come on by one to tell him to do TV shows, be on covers of magazines, and give lectures. Everybody is excited about Seymour’s newfound success; however, he realizes that the more offers he takes the more people he would have to kill to keep the plant alive. He contemplates just killing the plant to end this problem but if he kills the plant then he fears Audrey wouldn’t love him, so he goes through with signing the contracts. This is where the reversal of fortune is shown. The song title is a fragment of the phrase “The meek shall inherit the earth”. Leaving off “the earth” implies that this does might not happen. At the end of the song the urchins sing, “You know the meek are gonna get what’s coming to them/ You know the meek are gonna get what’s coming to them/ You know the meek are gonna get what’s coming to them by and by”. However, they never say what is “coming to them”.
Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)
Audrey couldn’t sleep because she thought Seymour seemed trouble the last time she saw him. The plants talks to her and tells her to get her some water. Astonished, she looks for the watering can and moves closer to plant. Poised to pour water into its open mouth, Audrey II takes one of its branches and pulls Audrey I to its mouth and starts chomping on her. Seymour runs into the flower shop and begs the plant to put her down. When she is set down, she is badly wounded and can’t stay alive for much longer. Seymour tells Audrey that the reason why he became so famous was because the plants feed on human blood, so in order to keep it alive he feed Orin and Mushnik to it. Audrey suggests that since she is about to die, Seymour should to feed her to the plant so he can still have all the fame and fortune and she explains that when she’s in the plant she would be part of the plant so that they’ll always be together. He proceeds, becoming more miserable than ever. A bit of dramatic irony in this musical is that Seymour thinks that Audrey would only love Seymour with all of this success. However, the audience knows that Audrey had liked Seymour even before everything that has happened.
Bigger Than Hula Hoops
Patrick Martin, Licensing and Marketing Division, World Botanical Enterprises, stops by Mushnik’s flower shop. He wants to take leaf cuttings of the plant, develop them into little Audrey IIs, and sell them to florists across the nation. At this point, Seymour realizes what Audrey II had in mind all along: taking over the world by eating the entire human race, and it was all thanks to him. Now he is made the opposite of what he was, a monster just like Audrey II. Seymour tries killing Audrey II with a gun and rat poison, but it doesn’t work. Seeing he couldn’t attack him from the outside, Seymour takes a knife and attacks Audrey II from the inside. In the process, Audrey II swallows Seymour whole.
Don't Feed the Plants
Patrick Martin stops by the shop one more time to look for Seymour. When he is nowhere to be found, he asks the Urchins to snip some of the smaller leaves from Audrey II and replant them into small pots. The Urchins sing to the audience that subsequent to the events they just witness, similar events had occurred across America. The little Audrey II’s promised people everything their hearts desire in returned for human blood. As the plants proceeded to grow they attacked cities. The song serves as a metaphor for temptation or making a deal with the devil showing that this could happen to anyone, including you.
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Little Shop of Horrors
Act Two
Eva Ruwe as Crystal, Reneisha Jenkins as Ronette, Chadae McAlister as Chiffon and Johnathan Lee Cunningham as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Theatre at the Center. 2012. Munster, Indiana. Stage and Cinema. Web. 26 Dec. 2014

Foster, Hunter, and Kerry Butler. Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Broadway Revival Cast). By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Cast Recording. Rec. 15 Sept. 2003. Hugh Fordin, 2003. CD.

Johnathan Lee Cunningham as Seymour & Peter Kevoian as Mushnik Star with Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Theatre at the Center. 2012. Munster, Indiana. Stage and Cinema. Web. 26 Dec. 2014

Johnathan Lee Cunningham as Seymour and Rod Thomas as the Dentist in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Theatre at the Center. 2012. Munster, Indiana. Stage and Cinema. Web. 26 Dec. 2014

Johnathan Lee Cunningham with Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Theatre at the Center. 2012. Munster, Indiana. Stage and Cinema. Web. 26 Dec. 2014

Kolmik, Paul. Carla J. Hargrove, DeQuina Moore, and Trisha Jeffrey in Little Shop of Horrors. 2003. Theatre Mania. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.

Menken, Alan, and Howard Ashman. Little Shop of Horrors. Garden City, NY: N. Doubleday, 1982. Print.

N.d. Television Tropes & Idioms. Web. 26 Dec. 2014. <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors>

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Rhiannon Hansen, Michael Linden, Bradley Mott and Alex Michaels Study the Baby Audrey II. N.d. Scene on Stage. Web. 26 Dec. 2014. <http://www.angelfire.com/ia/kimcriswell/AliceLittleShop.html>
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The Plant finally grows and Seymour gets interviewed by WSKID, a local radio show. When he gets back he has three more radio interviews lined up and the Skid Row Herald Examiner wants to take his picture. The Urchins (Greek Chorus) tell the audience of Seymour’s sudden success.
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