Behind the scenes at Trinity Rep’s “Little Shop of Horrors”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The musical classic “Little Shop of Horrors,” now playing at Trinity Rep, tells the story of a florist who raises a plant that eats people!

Here, the sets and costumes for this show are just as imaginative as the plot. Costume shop director Amanda Downing Carney tells us all the costumes start as drawings. Some pieces are sewn from scratch, while others just need to get bejeweled or dyed. Interns like Luke Morrison sew an average of four or five garments per actor.

Then, there’s the wigs–a lot of wigs–all of which are tailor made.

Perhaps most impressive, the larger-than-life plants–really giant puppets–a hallmark of Little Shop. The puppeteer moves her from behind, as she eats characters for breakfast.

Critically important in this show is the ability for actors to change quickly. Some only have about two minutes to transform, so they change right under the audience seats.

With all this running around, costumes can tear or break, hence the huge backup supply of clothes and shoes just in case.

“Little Shop of Horrors” runs through May 12th at Trinity Rep. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

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