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AC Arts brings Broadway to Adelaide with Little Shop of Horrors

Aug 09, 2012

Over 10 big nights TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) is bringing Broadway to Adelaide staging its largest production for 2012, the comedy horror rock musical Little Shop of Horrors from 5 to 15 September.

With 50 production and 14 acting students the production – which has been in the making for over six months ‐ will bring to life the hapless florist Seymour who raises a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.

Second and final year students from set and prop construction, theatre design, stage management, lighting and sound, costume construction and acting are all assessed for their part in this one big production.

From creating costumes and making triffids to designing the set and managing the show on the night, students from across six disciplines at AC Arts work hard to collaborate and learn ‘on the job’ in an environment that replicates an industry production of Little Shop of Horrors.

As lead designer on Little Shop of Horrors final year student Manda Webber is putting her Advanced Diploma of Design and Live Production, Theatre and Events into practice.

In her role, Ms Webber is responsible for the overall look of the show from designing the set and costumes through to sourcing props that are specific to the show.

“It’s a very big show, there’s a lot to do. I started preliminary designs back in April and presented the final design to all those involved in the show, in late July using a 1:25 scale model, ground plans and construction drawings of the set and costume design drawings for each character,” Ms Webber said.

A highlight for Ms Webber has been working with New York based director and 1998 AC Arts graduate Paul Peers, who arrived in Adelaide in late July. Prior to his arrival, the pair, had been busy creating design concepts via Skype and email which was a challenge on a production of this size.

On opening night Ms Webber is looking forward to being backstage: “I like to make sure the actors are comfortable with their costumes and fix any little things before the show. I always carry extra shoelaces; I learnt this from my very first show at AC Arts. Actors break shoelaces on opening night, there’s a lot of energy and adrenalin backstage”

Working in a state‐of‐the–art venue with contemporary facilities and having the opportunity to work with visiting artists and directors, Ms Webber said she loves studying at AC Arts: “Our lecturers are well respected industry professionals, and it’s a great privilege to have access to their experience and knowledge as a student.”

AC Arts creative director, Christie Anthoney said of Little Shop of Horrors: “The show is already consuming the space of our performing art department in the building. Our training model of combining six disciplines of the arts and have them all being assessed on one production is unique, it gives energy and enables rich production values – we hope the public will get to experience this.”

Find out more about Little Shop of Horrors and how to book your tickets here.