Friday, May 6, 2011

In the Wings: Little Shop of Horrors. Meet Jessa Dodds.


Jessa Dodds plays Audrey 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?
Jessa Dodds: Anyone who's heard of the show loves it, usually. It's high energy, it's different and it's wild and fun.

Q: What is Audrey like?
J.D.: Audrey is very run down at the beginning. She has no self-confidence or self-esteem because she has an abusive boyfriend, Orin, played by Martin Fernandez. He has told her so many times that she's trash that she believes it. She doesn't think she can do any better, but all of a sudden there's Seymour, played by Aaron Strand. He treats her like a queen and she is taken aback by that.

Q: What is it like to rehearse a musical?
J.D.: It's a lot of work doing musical numbers as well as learning lines but it's also very fast-paced. I like it that way. It's more work, but it's worth it.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this show?
J.D.: They'll probably remember Audrey II, the plant, the most. You've got two performers – the puppeteer and the voice, Chris Mayfield and Chris Allen – working together to create the character. The show also is very high energy and lots of fun all around.

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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