From the company that introduced sold-out Brisbane audiences to Broadway's 'Avenue Q' in 2012, comes the cult classic, rock & roll musical, 'Little Shop Of Horrors'.

Stepping into the lead role of Audrey is Lauren Ware, an actor and dancer who is thrilled to be playing such an exciting part in this production.

Describe the show in five words?
Clever. Carnivorous. Creepy. Colourful. Captivating.

What is your role in the production?
I play the role of Audrey. The kind-hearted and ever optimistic damsel of the story who works as an assistant in Mushnik’s Flower Shop.

Best part of working on this production is...?
Playing Audrey. It’s a dream role for me. Also the six-foot-tall, carnivorous alien plant is pretty spectacular.

Fav. line in the play and why?
In Audrey’s final scene, “But I want you too Seymour”. In the context of the scene, this beautiful moment that has me in tears, also has me giggling like a school girl inside.

Fav. scene/ song in the play and why?
For me this is something that changes every day depending on my mood but at the moment after hearing our accompanying band at our rehearsal last week, my favourite song is 'Mushnik and Son', the twisted tango between Mushnik and Seymour. The band really brings the song to life and the performers have been finding some excellent moments of comedy throughout the piece. As far as my favourite scene, I have loved watching Kieran Davies (Orin) and Gary Farmer (Seymour) bring the Dentist’s scene at the end of Act One to life. They are a pair of very talented performers dealing with some excellent physical direction by Miranda Selwood.

Tell me about the team - what are the cast like? What is the production team like?
The team have been a pleasure to work with. We really are just a bunch a regular people. Most of us have day jobs which we grind away at before pouring ourselves into rehearsal of an evening. The group is really starting to shine now that costumes, lights and a stage has been added into the mix. The talent is undeniable and WELL worth the price of an theatre ticket.

What makes this version different to any others? Why should people come and see it?

Miranda Selwood’s vision for the piece has been a breath of fresh air. This show is really not your cookie-cut version from the movie or Broadway productions which I feel has allowed us more freedom as actors to put our own spin on the characters. The set has come to life in the past week transforming the humble Brisbane Arts theatre into the Rundown Florist shop on the slums of Skid Row in New York where the show is so iconically set. The show allows audiences a chance to leave their lives behind for an evening as they are transported through this bizarre story by some relatable human characters and their not-so-human counterparts.

Have you seen 'Little Shop' many times before? What do you think makes this such a longstanding work? Why is it so appealing to generation after generation?
I can’t deny I am a hardcore fan of the show. Having fallen in love with the movie as a child I have longed for the chance to be part of a production of the show on stage ever since. I feel this timeless story speaks to all ages because of its pivotal themes on love and human sacrifice that anyone who has ever loved, lost or tried to grow a plant can relate to.

What do you want the audience to say as they leave?
I want people to be commenting on the professionalism of the piece. More people need to realise how much talent is hidden away on Brisbane’s smaller stages.

Any crazy/ weird/ funny behind-the-scenes stories from the cast or crew?
What happens amongst the cast … stays among the cast : )

'Little Shop of Horrors' opens November 15 and plays until December 21 at the Brisbane Arts Theatre.

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