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Rentals (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!)

Capital Playhouse has a vast stock of properties, costumes, furniture and much more available for rent. Watch this space for more information about OLY PROPS, our new rental and construction program coming soon!

For more information about rentals, please contact tech@capitalplayhouse.com

 

Little Shop of Horrors: The Plant

 

To inquire about renting Audrey II:

Call Capital Playhouse at (360) 943-2744 or email tech@capitalplayhouse.com. Audrey II is only rented to theatres that are within driving distance to pick up the pods. Due to the high risk of damage, we are unable to ship the pods.

Rental Costs:

  • Audrey rents at $500.00 for the first week, $425 the second week, and $350 the third week and $325 for any additional weeks.

  • $500.00 Refundable deposit

  • Additional items rent as a package for $50 a week (see below for additional items).

  • Payment due in full prior to picking up the pods

Once you have rented the complete set of plants (pods) for your production of Little Shop of Horrors, here are the guidelines and a step by step “how-to” guide for the pieces you are using.

  • These pods have been designed to resemble a giant “eggplant.”

  • These are NOT the Off-Broadway pods or the “movie” pods…nor does Capital Playhouse intend to represent that these pods resemble those that could be rented from Music Theatre International or the “puppets” available through New York City.

  • All pieces that you have rented have been checked by the staff at Capital Playhouse to verify that they are in the best working order possible. You have received them in good working condition and it is our expectation that they will be returned in equally good condition. Any repairs will be deducted from the prepaid damage deposit. It is understood that some damage may result from the intended use of the pods and we have noted potential repair needs on your contract. Your organization will not be charged for such repairs. These include small tears in the surface of the larger pods, older copper ribs (several have been replaced with pvc) that bend or break, the hot glued teeth, etc.

  • You must notify us immediately if there are missing or damaged pieces, as we will assume that everything is in good shape unless you do so.

  • If there is a tear, broken rib, or any part of the plant falls off…please…we are BEGGING you…do not use hot melt glue to fix it. WE HAVE RECENTLY SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS IRONING OFF THE LAST FIX.

  • Additionally, Capital Playhouse MUST BE CREDITED in your program as follows: Audrey II courtesy of Capital Playhouse, 612 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501. Rental inquiries welcome: (360) 943-2744.

  • All pieces must be returned to Capital Playhouse within one week of the final day of your contract period. Capital Playhouse will not be liable for any shipping charges incurred in the transportation of any or all of the pieces of the pods.

Below is a “pod-by-pod” guide of how to maximize your Audrey II experience.

POD #1 (The counter top plant)

This is the plant that will be used for Seymour’s entrance and “Grow For Me.”

  • There is no bottom to the pot so your actor will need to use good sense about exposing the bottom of the “planter pot” to the audience.

  • We recommend that there be a “trap” in the counter top that matches the hole in the bottom. When we did it, we cut a circle in the counter, hinged it and used a small hasp lock (slide bolt…the kind used on bad restroom doors!). If the back of your counter is hollow, the plant operator can be underneath it and operate the plant from there.

  • After Seymour sets the plant in place, it helps to draw the attention away from the plant, or have the doo wop girls stand in front of it to “cover” the operator getting his hand inside the pod. Repeated efforts by the most brilliant people we know have yielded no way to do this without moving the pod around, at least a little.

  • You could also place the plant on a window seat that the operator was under, or wherever you want, for that matter. It’s none of our business. Just giving you some ideas here.

You need to “fluff” the plant leaves daily. They are wired and the “wilting” looks a LOT better if they are reformed for each performance. The wilting ring is operated by Seymour, NOT by the plant operator.

  • If you have a lint brush, we recommend that you use it from time to time on all of the plant leaves. They are dust magnets. Or you can “dust buster” those puppies. We don’t recommend a regular vacuum as some of the components are hot glued and can’t withstand the sucking action. (Please note: these components…teeth, leaves, etc…were purposely put on with hot glue. That is not the same as “repairing” a tear by hot melt gluing it to oblivion!)

POD #2 (This is also a “hand-puppet”)

This is the pod used for “Don’t It Go To Show You Never Know.” Seymour operates this pod himself as Audrey II “sings along” and “dances” to the music.

  • There’s no real trick to this one. We recommend “choreographing” the plant movement and not just leaving it to luck. Seymour can practice with “sock puppet” hands if you are concerned about not having the plants for a long enough period of time prior to opening.

There is a blue work jacket attached to the pod. We recommend a “matching” jacket that Seymour would wear in the first scene (Da-Doo). We have one available but our Seymour was smallish.

  • If you need to alter the jacket to fit your Seymour, that’s fine. You may use the jacket we are providing as a template to create your own. However, you must restore the jacket and the pod to it’s original condition or you may return it with the “new” matching jacket that you used. If you choose to do that, we also want the old jackets back.

  • The two jackets do not need to be “exact” matches. Just close. The audience probably won’t remember the first jacket too well if Seymour takes it off right when he comes into the flower shop in the Da-Doo sequence.

We recommend “fluffing” the pod daily. This scene is really liked by the audience, and, as there is a false arm attached, they are easily fooled and spend a LOT of energy trying to figure out how you are doing that! They are watching closely.

POD #3 (The first time a human body will be used inside a pod!) DIMENSIONS (apx) 4’ x 4’ x 4’

This pod includes a large planter pot. You will need an office chair that swivels but has no casters to sit on. This goes inside the planter pot.

  • The operator wears the coveralls and the special “slippers.” Ops legs hung over the pot when we did it to resemble roots. Some people forget about the slippers in this pod, keep the legs inside the pot, and save the “feet” for the “Don’t Feed the Plants” finale. Your call.

  • The upper jaw pod goes over the head with hands under the lower jaw. Operator lays over his/her own legs and holds VERY still for a reasonably long period of time.

  • It helps if you have some way to “mask” the interior of the flower shop during “Closed For Renovations.” Our back wall was hinged to facilitate the quick change over. Pot comes in. Chair placed in pot. Operator (already inside pod) steps in (with help from “guide dog” assistant). Dust cover goes on. We also had a large “dust cover” over Audrey II that was lifted off on the stinger.

  • When the plant starts talking (“feeeeeeeed me”) the pod should barely be moving. Just enough to notice. Save the BIG movements for during the song! Then the mouth should really cut loose and get going. If you opted for “feet out” you may want to pull the “roots” up and get Audrey II on her feet. This requires a little extra effort on the part of the plant and may destroy the big finish in the finale when the plant “walks” toward the audience. Your call.

During the dentist sequence, we recommend that the “guide dog” remove the pods from the operator and allow some fresh, cool air to get into his/her lungs. Then replace the pod just in the nick of time for the “eating the limbs and guts” sequence.

  • You need to “fluff” the plant leaves daily.

  • DO NOT USE THE POD AS A BEAN BAG!

  • DO NOT JUMP ON THE POD!

  • DO NOT HAVE SEYMOUR ATTEMPT TO “KILL” THE POD!

  • If one of the ribs is poking through the fabric, IT IS BROKEN. Call Capital Playhouse immediately and we will advise you as to how we want it handled. (360) 943-2744

POD #4 (The largest pod…includes all “arms”) DIMENSIONS (apx) 4’ H x 7’ L x 5 ½’ W

This is the Act II pod and you will have all of intermission to get the pod in place. The operator enters from the back and should have no problem getting in during a blackout.

  • There is no pot for this pod. It lies on the floor.

  • The upper jaw is the piece with the black strips of fabric. They are the masking that hides the operator and allows the “eaten” cast members to disappear into the jaws of the beast.

  • The lower jaw has a hole in it to allow the operator’s legs to go through.

  • The operator needs to wear the full gear (cover alls, etc.)…including the “slippers” as Audrey II “walks” towards the audience at the end of “Don’t Feed The Plant.”

There is a harness in the lower jaw that is not utilized until the finale. It is simply to grab onto so that both the lower and upper jaw can walk downstage. The operator will walk “hunched over” with the upper jaw laying across his/her back, and the lower jaw will be opened and closed using the harness.

  • At all other times in the act, the upper jaw is opened and closed using the “support bar” located in the upper jaw. Or however it is easiest for the operator. Please do not press up on the fabric areas. Use one of the pvc support pieces. The fabric was not designed to take the pressure.

  • The “arms” are laid across the floor and on the counter in the flower shop during intermission. During the finale, the “eaten” characters come out and lift the arms and support them as they come downstage in the number.

  • The arms have pvc pipe skeletal framework and are not designed to be “jointed.” The “elbows” and bends are FIXED and attempting to bend the arms into the shape you like best will break them. You will be charged for repairs.

There are red “collars” with strips of green fabric hanging off of them for the “eaten” actors to wear during the finale. These are NOT designed to be robes. We had the actors in floor length black robes that went under the collars.

  • You need to “fluff” the plant leaves daily. The “arms” have wired leaves that are easily bent during storage backstage…a quick “rebend” will satisfy the most “nice leaves” hungry audiences.

  • Make sure that the top part of the plant jaw sits forward on the bottom portion. Otherwise Audrey develops an “underbite”.

Additional Items for Rent:

  • The dropping vines. These are as crude as is humanly possible and are made from twine and fabric leaves. They are attached to 1 X 2 and can be hung from the ceiling or fly of your space for the final “drop” in Don’t Feed The Plants. You don’t need much to really get your audience excited! We created our own trip lines for one side of the “pouch” to drop. The weight of the 1 X 2 on that side of the mechanism and the weight of each vine help everything to fall nicely. If you have a big theatre (ours is quite small), you may want to create some additional vines so more of your audience is titillated.

The dentist mask. This was created in house using a terrarium. It fits up to a 7½ size head and the holes are to allow for breathing without fogging up the mask. If you are using wireless mics, this creates a unique sound design problem as there is potential for an odd, inside a bubble, echo. We let it go as it is obvious to the audience that the dentist’s head is inside a bubble.

  • The flower heads. These are used around the faces of the eaten cast members in the Don’t Feed the Plants finale. The red collars don’t go around the face. They are “collars.” This is a common misconception.

  • Guts and limbs. We have sent a variety of guts and limbs that we used in the final scene of act I, along with the bloody bucket. You only really need one or two items to drop into the plant mouth with “eerie” lighting and stuff to get the right feel. A hand, a leg, the head, and some intestines should do the trick. Especially if the “plant” is making some great chewing, slurping and “yum-yum” type noises.