musical theatre, Little Shop of Horrors, Orin Scrivello, musicals
Mark Catlett will portray the role of Orin Scrivello D.D.S., as well as various other "cameo" roles, at Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach, Florida from January 13- February 13 2005. The role of Orin Scrivello will provide me with several acting challenges as well as multiple subjects and themes to research. The most challenging aspect of creating, developing and embodying the character of Orin will be his sadomasochistic nature and his blatant abuse towards Audrey. Sadomasochism is defined as "the deriving of sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused". It is also defined as "a willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences". The psychology of sadomasochism is completely foreign to my life experience and will have to be deeply explored to fully realize the inner workings of Orin's behavior. To supplement the exploration of the psychology of sadomasochism, research will be completed on the following topics: Sadomasochism in regards to the lead characters of Little Shop of Horrors. The history of Little Shop of Horrors from its roots in the cult horror film of 1960, followed by the 1983 Off-Broadway production, segueing into the 1986 re-make film version, and culminating in the 2003 official Broadway production. Portrayal of Orin Scrivello D.D.S. also demands the creation of several other characters in the second act of the show. This will require me to develop several different characters ranging from the sadomasochistic dentist, to an ambitious entrepreneur, to even dressing in drag to portray a female florist customer. This will give me an opportunity to show versatility as well as research several different character personalities and dramatic structures. These characters come in and out of the florist shop very quickly, so the challenge will be to both perform a quick change of costume and also be able to completely switch characterizations within minutes. These characters should be different enough that the audience does not immediately realize it is the same actor playing all of these roles.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Catlett, Mark, "The Mind Of A Sadomasocist:a Theatrical Role Analysis Of Orin Scrivello D.D.S" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 538.