Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In the Wings: Little Shop of Horrors. Meet Martin Fernandez.

Martin Fernandez plays Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, the fifth and final production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman and the music is by Alan Menken.

Question: Why did you want to be involved with Little Shop of Horrors?
Martin Fernandez: I remember Little Shop of Horrors when I was in high school. I saw the movie with Steve Martin playing Orin. I fell in love with it and for my senior solo in 1988, I sang the song "Dentist." When I heard Civic Theatre was doing Little Shop of Horrors, I knew I had to try out.

Q: How would you describe Orin?
M.F.: Orin is a professional, a dentist. He is probably good at his job. He loves pain and he's a sleazeball. He a controlling person; he is going out with Audrey at the beginning of the show.

Q: What is it like rehearsing a musical?
M.F.: When you are rehearsing a musical, there are three parts: acting, singing and dancing. The number one challenge is trying to fit all of those together. Choreography has been the challenge for everyone because everyone in the cast is a natural when it comes to singing.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this show?
M.F.: Everyone's voice blends together so well – that will be the number one thing people remember. And then they'll see four different plants on stage – from a little baby plant to the big granddaddy plant – seeing that move in sync with the voice behind the stage also will be memorable.

Little Shop of Horrors will open Friday, May 13 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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