My name is Peter Charney, and I'm a senior BFA theatre directing major. This fall I have had the wonderful opportunity to be the Director of Puppetry for The Hofstra Department of Drama and Dance’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.
If you don’t know the story, Little Shop of Horrors is about Seymour, a florist shop worker, who raises a monstrous plant that feeds on humans. The plant, nicknamed Audrey II after Seymour’s love interest Audrey, is portrayed onstage by a series of puppets ranging from about 8 inches tall to the final puppet, which stands at approximately 10 feet! There are three puppeteers who operate the various plants and one actor who is the voice of the plants. My job is to combine those elements to bring this character to life in a way that is very realistic.
For more insight into the process of creating the character of Audrey II: Puppeteer Interview!
We hope you come see the show this weekend!