“Feed me, Seymour!”
Mix together a man-eating plant, charm, manipulation and a sassy voice, and there is Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey II, played by Elizabeth Jones '23.
Jones’ role is unlike any other. During a total eclipse, Seymour, a meek flower shop assistant, takes in a plant which he names Audrey II, which he later discovers thrives on human flesh and blood. “Little does Seymour know that the plant will grow larger and larger, eventually trying to eat humans and take over the world!” Jones exclaimed.
Her responsibility is to bring this plant to life and develop its persona. “The plant’s personality is evil in every sense of the word,” Jones said. “But there’s also a flip-side. Audrey II is charming but manipulative. She cares about Seymour and wants him and his love interest Audrey to end up together, but she also can convince him to do anything she wants.”
By day, Jones has a smile that rarely leaves her face. While her bubbly personality makes the transition to an evil, world-dominating villain a struggle, she loves doing it.
“Audrey II is such a big character in the show. Getting to do this, and being a new freshman, makes it really exciting,” she explained. “[playing Audrey II] brings out the fun side of theatre. To get in character, I find one of my friends and try to lash out. I always end up laughing a lot, which puts me in the perfect giggly mood for this role.”
On show night, Jones will not be backstage nor inside the physical plant, but rather visible to the audience, seated next to the orchestra pit. “Although being backstage is fun, this time by myself allows me to focus and stay in character,” Jones said.
Jones has always loved to sing and act and would practice by having conversations with herself in the mirror. “Theatre brings out the best side of me,” Jones smiled. “There’s nothing better than being able to express myself through this show.”
Little Shop of Horrors will be running Nov. 21–23 in the Hartwell Performing Arts Center Theatre. Tickets are available for purchase here.