Little Shop of Horrors Audrey II Puppets

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Created: 09/19/12
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Large scale foam-based puppets for the Orpheus Theatre production of little Shop of Horrors
  • Audrey II puppets for Little Shop of Horrors

  • I was charged to create the 4 monster plants for the Orpheus Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors that was preformed on Sept 15th and 16th, 2012.
    Puppets took approx. a month and a half to make. They are fashioned from sheet foam, epifoam, and fabric. Colors were applied with Krylon spray paint.

     
  •  Audrey II stage 3 puppet on stage.
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     The Audrey II extended family.
    I am pictured here on left with stage 2, while joined by the puppeteer John Ryan with stage 1.
  • Audrey II stage 3.
    This puppet is worn by a seated performer and stands 6 ft. tall, but can be raised up close to 7ft. The puppeteers feet are the vines and branches that hang out the front of the pot, allowing them to move.

  •  Audrey II stage 4 in action during the climatic scene in the Orpheus production of Little Shop of Horrors on Sept 15th, 2012.
  •  Audrey II stage 4 in action during the climatic scene in Oprheus Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors on Sept 15th, 2012.
  • Audrey II stage 4 with the mouth open.
    Head stands close to 9 ft tall. The mouth has a 10ft gape when fully open, as seen here. Tongue is capable of moving and actors can be 'swallowed' through the self-closing  slit in the bottom of the jaw. The entire head is supported on a backpack carried by the main puppeteer, who opens the jaw via crutch handles. Two extra puppet performers hug each side of the pot and use their legs and arms to operate additional roots and branches on the puppet.

  •  Audrey II stage 3 in its resting position, standing 6ft tall.
  •  Audrey II stage 4 in action during the climatic scene in Orpheus Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors on Sept 15th and 16th, 2012.
  •  Audrey II stage 1 in a scene from the Sept 15th, 2012 production of Little Shop of Horrors by Orpheus Theatre.
    Puppet is constructed in a vintage coffee can and has the ability to wilt, grow and has a moving mouth.

  •  Audrey II stage 1 in action in a scene from the Orpheus Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors on Sept 15th, 2012.
  •  Audrey II stage 2 in action during the Orpheus Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors on Sept 15th, 2012.
    Puppet features a hold for the actors hand in the back that allows him to manipulate the puppet.

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